Rotherham United

AESSEAL New York Stadium

Capacity: 12,021 (all seated)
Address: New York Way, Rotherham, S60 1AH
Telephone: 01709 827760
Ticket Office: 08444 140754
Pitch Size: 110 x 72 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Millers
Year Ground Opened: 2012
Undersoil Heating: No
Shirt Sponsors: Embark
Away Shirt Sponsors: MEARS
Kit Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: Red and White
Away Kit: White and Red
Third Kit: All Purple

External View
External View
West and North Stands
West and North Stands
Looking Towards The South (Away) Stand
Looking Towards The South (Away) Stand
North and East Stands
North and East Stands
West (Main) Stand
West (Main) Stand
East Stand
East Stand
North Stand
North Stand
North Stand External View
North Stand External View

Main ReceptionThe New York Stadium was opened in 2012 and is located not far away from their old  Millmoor ground where they played for 101 years. The area of Rotherham where the ground is located is historically known as New York (hence the stadium name) and is built on the site of the old Guest & Chrimes factory. Set beside the River Don, the stadium from the outside looks far larger than its 12,000 capacity and is quite striking in its design. It is totally enclosed and all seated.

On one side is the Eric Twigg Foods Pukka Pies (West) Stand. This is the largest of the four single tiered stands. It is unusual in so much that the middle seated area of the stand is situated at a lower level than either of the wings. There is an executive area above this with seating outside and yet further above is a television gantry, set into the red paneled wall. The other sides of the stadium are much smaller in size. Both ends are virtually identical, except that the Mears (South) Stand has a small electric scoreboard situated at the back of it. On the remaining side is the Ben Bennett (East) Stand, which is slightly less tall than both the ends. This simple looking stand has two large areas built into the front of the stand for the use of disabled supporters. There is a large video screen situated in the North West corner.

The most interesting feature inside the stadium is the roof. This descends down from the West Stand over the ends is large 'steps' eventually meeting the East Stand. A large amount of transparent perspex has been used in the roof to allow more light to reach the playing surface and improve their overall look. On the roof of the East Stand are two futuristic-looking floodlight pylons that are supplemented by a row of lights above the West Stand.

In November 2014 the stadium was renamed the AESSEAL New York Stadium in a five-year corporate sponsorship deal.

The stadium has been built in such a way and the necessary foundations have been put in place to further expand the stadium capacity to 20,000. This would be achieved by adding an additional tier to the North, South and East Stands. This may be done in phases; a first to 16,000 and then a second phase to 20,000.

Away Supporters SignAway fans are normally housed in the Mears Stand at one end of the stadium, where around 2,500 supporters can be accommodated. If only a small away following is expected then part of the Ben Bennett Stand (towards the Mears South Stand) is allocated instead. The stadium has electronic turnstiles meaning that you have to insert your ticket into a reader to gain admission. Cash is not accepted at the turnstiles and tickets for the away section can be purchased from the dedicated away ticket office at the back of the Morrison Stand.

As you would expect from a new stadium the facilities and views of the playing action are generally good. The angle of the Mears Stand is quite steep, meaning that it is a bit of a hike to get to the top. If you are a little unsteady on your feet then you may wish to consider getting a seat on one of the lower rows, as there are no handrails to hold onto. On the concourse, the food and drink available includes; a range of Pukka Pies (Chicken Balti, Meat & Potato, Steak & Kidney, Cheese & Onion, all £3.40), Sausage Rolls (£2.90), Hot Dogs (£4) and Cheeseburgers (£4). These are available from two refreshment kiosks on the concourse. I noticed that most fans tended to head to the kiosk closest to the entrance turnstiles, resulting in queues at this outlet whilst the other had few or no customers. 

The stewards were generally laid back and friendly and I thought it was a nice touch that smokers were allowed to go outside the stadium for a cigarette at half time. There is also a large television screen on the concourse showing Sky Sports. My only real criticism was that I could hardly make out a single word that the stadium announcer said and that the bottom of my pie was burnt! Plus there didn't seem that there were any barriers in place at the front of the away section to prevent away fans entering the home sections. I know that this is normally not a worry but in a more highly charged game....

Unlike most new stadiums which are situated way out of town in the middle of nowhere, the New York Stadium is located close to the town centre. This not only means good transport links but also a fair choice of eating and drinking outlets.

Bridge InnThere are a number of pubs in the nearby town centre, which are only a few minutes walk from the stadium. These include two Wetherspoon pubs; the Bluecoat on the Crofts and the Rhinoceros on Bridgegate. The Bluecoat does have more of a home feel about it, whilst closer to the railway station is the Rhinoceros. Both these pubs are listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

Please note that the Bridge Inn near to the railway station no longers admits away supporters. Neil Calver a visiting Ipswich Town fan informs me; 'We tried to go into the Bridge Inn, but were turned away at the door.  Instead, we went to the Rhinoceros, a Wetherspoons, which was friendly and had a nice mix of home and away fans inside.'

Colin Hall a visiting Leicester City fan adds; 'We discovered the Cutlers Arms on Westgate (turn right off the Main Street), which turned out to be a most welcoming and hospitable tavern. It had a mixture of home and away fans and sold beers from the local Chantry’s brewery'. Also nearby along Westgate is the New York Tavern, which also serves Chantry's beers. This pub is also listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

Alcohol is also available inside the stadium in the form of Fosters and John Smiths (Both £3.90 a pint), Heineken (£3.80 a bottle) Bulmers (£3.80 a bottle), plus Red, White and Rose wines (£4 small bottle).

If travelling by train and changing at Sheffield station, then on the station itself (Platform 1) is the Sheffield Tap which serves real ales and is run by the Thornbridge Brewery (please note though that no football colours are allowed).

From the North:

Leave the M1 at Junction 34 and take the A6178 towards Rotherham. At the third roundabout called Ickles Roundabout take the first exit onto the A630 Centenary Way (signposted Doncaster), you will see the stadium on your right. You will pass the floodlights of Millmoor on your left and at the next roundabout (called the Masbrough roundabout) turn right onto Main Street and the entrance to the stadium is down on the right. 

From the South:

Leave the M1 at Junction 33 and take the A630 towards Rotherham. After around two miles and crossing over three roundabouts you will reach the stadium on your right. You will pass the floodlights of Millmoor on your left and at the next roundabout (called the Masbrough roundabout) turn right onto Main Street and the entrance to the stadium is down on the right.

Car Parking

Car parking at the stadium is for permit holders only. However, there are a number of pay & display car parks located around the town centre. Otherwise, there is some street parking available around the area of the Millmoor ground, which is around a 15 minute walk away from the visitors turnstiles. There is a multi-storey car park located next to the Interchange Bus Station which costs £2.80 for four hours, or other council Pay and Display car parks in the area costing around £2 for four hours. There is also the option of renting a private driveway near in the local area via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.

Post Code for Sat-Nav: S60 1QY (this is the post code of the nearby Police Station on Main Street)

The nearest railway station is Rotherham Central which only a five minute walk from the New York Stadium. The stadium is located almost directly behind the railway station. As you come out of the main station entrance immediately turn right onto Central Road. Just follow this road down to the ground.

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The prices below are for tickets purchased in advance of matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the game can cost up to £2 more per ticket.

Home Fans 
KCM Recycling (North) Stand: Adults £23, Concessions £13, Under 18's £8, Under 13's £6
Eric Twigg Foods and Pukka Pies (West) Stand: Adults £25, Concessions £15, Under 18's £9, Under 13's £7
Ben Benett (East) Family Stand: Adults £25, Concessions £15, Under 18's £9, Under 13's £7, Under 8's £2*

Away Fans 
Mears (South) Stand: Adults £23, Concessions £13, Under 18's £8, Under 13's £7

Concessions apply to Over 60's, Students, Members of the Armed Forces and the Disabled.

* Must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Official Programme: £3.

Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Doncaster Rovers and Chesterfield.

Rotherham United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the  Level Playing Field website.

Record Attendance

At The New York Stadium:
11,758 v Sheffield United
League One, 7th September 2013.

At Millmoor: 25,170 v Sheffield United
Division Two, 13th December 1952.

Average Attendance

2018-2019: 9,880 (Championship League)
2017-2018: 8,514 (League One)
2016-2017: 9,783 (Championship League)

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Rotherham United v Tranmere Rovers
League One
Saturday 31st August 2019, 3pm
John Alkins (Tranmere Rovers)

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey was smooth and we parked in The Forge Island car park, which is now free.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We visited the two Wetherspoons, The Bluecoat & The Rhinoceros, near the ground. Both were full of both home and away fans with no problems. The beer selection was better in The Bluecoat.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the AESSEAL New York Stadium?
 
The ground is quite impressive and the away end has good views. Annoyingly the away ticket office doesn’t open until an hour and a half before kick off, we’d arrived two hours before hoping to get our tickets before any queues leaving us more time to enjoy a drink. When it does open it only takes cash (always a bit suspicious).
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was enjoyable with a dramatic last minute equaliser. The stewards seemed okay. Annoyingly the way they split up the away end we had twice as many ladies toilets as men’s meaning there was quite a queue and space at a premium once in. Usual basic overpriced food & drink with a long wait.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
We got away from the ground smoothly enough but had a bit of a wait getting out of the car park and a crawl out of town.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Generally a good day out to a good ground.

Rotherham United v Tranmere Rovers
League One
Saturday 31st August 2019, 3pm
Ben Castle (Tranmere Rovers)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?

As I was on holiday for two weeks, this was my first awayday in League One.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I took the supporters coach from Prenton Park at 9:45 which arrived at the New York Stadium around 12:55.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I went into Rotherham town centre and saw a good mix of Rotherham and Tranmere fans there. I went to have lunch at a McDonald’s and would’ve looked around more but it started to rain so walked back to the ground.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New York Stadium?

The New York Stadium from the outside looks huge. It looks a lot bigger than 12000 even from the inside. The stadium looked really modern and class for a top League 1 club.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Our fans numbering around 1,000 kept going the whole game. The game looked fairly even for most of the game till Rotherham took the lead through Ben Wiles in the 72nd minute. Then remarkably we levelled in the final seconds of stoppage time making the away end go wild with a number of fans even on the pitch when we scored.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I got back on the supporter's coach which got back to Birkenhead around 19:30.

Sum mary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I loved my day out to Rotherham. I’ll take a point against one of the biggest clubs in League One. I’ll definitely be coming here again if I get the opportunity.

Rotherham United v Tranmere Rovers
League One
Saturday 31st August 2019, 3pm
Steve Barnes (Tranmere Rovers)

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
A first-time visitor to a new stadium. After being in the National League and experiencing the likes of Braintree and Guiseley away, You can only imagine how I felt..
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Posted car park postcode directly into Google maps. If you are stuck then the Police Station postcode will be fine. I made a slight error but a steward was very helpful.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
There's a hot food van between the car park and stadium with better than the average fayre, which was reasonably priced. The home fans seemed fine. Never felt unsafe at all.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New York Stadium?
 
An excellent modern stadium, easy access, stewards friendly and not overbearing. Their fans only came to life when they scored. The view was superb. The stairs were steep, toilets clean and well maintained.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The referee tried to steal the limelight constantly stopping the game. The match really came to life when Rotherham scored, but nothing prepared for Tranmere equalising in the fifth minute of injury time. Scenes and limbs everywhere. Give the stewards their dues, they never overreacted. Drinks and food inside the stadia were the usual prices. Nothing excessive.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
No problem plenty of stewards around the exits and car parks. A five minute walk.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A great day out. Well done Rotherham United.

Rotherham United v Sheffield Wednesday
League Cup 2nd Round
Wednesday 28th August 2019, 7.45pm
Richard Couldwell (Sheffield Wednesday)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?
 
A short journey and a chance to see some squad players get a game.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Very easy as we have been several times before.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
As usual, we went into the Masbrough Transport club, Union Street, Rotherham S61 1TE. Away fans including coaches welcome, plenty of parking and only 10 minutes walk to the ground. Reasonably priced drinks and they also do food. Home fans friendly enough and never any trouble.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the AESSEAL New York Stadium?
 
A nice compact new ground, you are close to the pitch and a good view from everywhere in the stadium.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
A lethargic performance with 9 changes to the Sheffield Wednesday team from the weekend. Rotherham edged it until the last 20 minutes when the strength of our bench told, a last minute winner, again, is always welcome at a local rival.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Easy to get out and back to the car, no issues with getting away from the area.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A good away day, decent new ground and welcoming pub for away fans.

Rotherham United v Leicester City
Pre-Season Friendly
Saturday 27th July 2019, 3pm
John Boynton (Neutral)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?
 
I'm partial to a pre-season trip to visit a new ground or two. Unfortunately for medical reasons (and Kilmarnocks shock exit from the Europa league) my planned mini trip to Scotland had to be called off. So I was desperate to find a game somewhere I could do in a day to visit a new stadium. I've passed Rotherham's ground on the train a couple of times so knew it was convenient for the rail traveler and consequently had signed up for club emails expecting one day I would be taking a trip there. This was that day. ( now I've just got to figure out how to stop the emails filling up my inbox!)
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey was great. There were plenty of train options from my local station in Northumberland and I was able to find a journey there and back that only required the 1 change at Doncaster. Unfortunately, due to the high cost of rail travel, I decided to go with the cheapest train fare in the morning which got me into Rotherham a bit earlier than required. Still, I packed a book to read should I need it to fill in some time, and if I could find a quiet spot to enjoy it for an hour or so. It seemed worth it rather than pay an extra £25 for the next cheapest ticket. Finding the ground from the train station turned out to be straight forward. I couldn't quite figure out from Google maps if there was a path directly from the train station exit to the ground so I just had to turn a sharp right out of the station and follow my nose to see what happened. As it turned out there is a route along the canal across a road or two that leads directly to the stadium car park and concourse without the need for any diversions. Just keep the canal on your left and keep walking straight ahead. There are actually a couple of nice seating areas next to the canal along this path if you want to take some time out on the way. The walk was only about 10-15 minutes though.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Two days before the game the whole country was basking in record high temperatures. On the day of the game, it was due to be pouring down just about all day, and indeed it was a totally miserable day. As the best of the weather was due to be in the morning I decided to explore a bit of the town. The plan was to look around the town, scope out possible pub options for later and then walk up to a nice looking park to wander around and maybe read my book for a while in peace and tranquility. The plan was perfect. If you are traveling as a neutral with time to kill or bringing kids to watch a game at Rotherham I can highly recommend a visit to Clifton Park. It is a beautiful big space and has a great mix of eclectic attractions and peaceful areas to sit and relax. It has its own car park and is only a 15 minute walk into the town centre. After enjoying some time in Clifton Park and as the rain started to set in I headed back into town. I stopped first at the intriguingly named Totties Tearoom for a coffee and a man-sized sausage sandwich (four links of sausage for £1.99 you can't go wrong ) and then I made a dash through the torrential rain to The Plough pub. The pub was a real basic town centre "Boozer" but (with no frills) provided everything you might want for a pre-match pint, in the dry with plenty of TV screens to watch. Don't however expect service with a smile, that doesn't appear to be on the menu. As kick-off time got closer the pub filled up but the atmosphere was fine and everyone was enjoying a drink in good spirits, although all appeared to be Rotherham supporters.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the AESSEAL New York Stadium?
 
The ground is very nice. It still feels very new and seems to have lots of car parking space. Reminded me a bit of the approaches to Sunderland and Midlesboroughs grounds. Inside is equally nice although it was sparsely populated for this friendly match in such poor weather. Speaking of which in chatting to a local before the game it appears that about the first 7 rows are subject to getting wet when it rains so keep that in mind when booking your seat !!
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was enjoyable. Strangely (or cleverly, I couldn't quite convince myself one way or the other ) Leicester were also playing Stoke City this afternoon so I wouldn't say it was their first team turning out at Rotherham. Although they still included some very recognizable names in their team. Leicester started off on the front foot and it looked like it may be a comfortable afternoon for them. They couldn't keep the tempo up, however, and although they had more "good " chances to score than Rotherham the game ended up as a 2-2 draw. This was mainly due to Rotherham holding their nerve and playing some good football but also down to some really good saves from the Rotherham Goalkeeper ( who apparently technically is actually a Leicester City goalkeeper - just how many goalkeepers do Leicester own?). The occasion of the game overall was enjoyable. Four goals, some good football, a nice Pukka Pie and very pleasant people in the stadium that I met. The only downside was the ubiquitous friendly match idiots. Two of whom, no doubt after copious beers on the way over from Leicester, decided to run on the pitch. I'm not sure, but presume, such actions could well result in them being banned from games in the future. Is it really worth it for a friendly game?
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
A small crowd so no issues at all getting out and back to the railway station within 15 minutes.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A very enjoyable trip only really spoiled by the weather. Rotherham was trouble-free to get to and was a pleasant town with a very good stadium. I was particularly heartened to hear three or four supporters expressing optimism for the season ahead based on Rotherhams pre-season friendly performances. It made a pleasant change from usually hearing moans or pessimism from supporters about their teams or how they are run. From what I saw today they are right to be optimistic. Rotherham had some good players on the pitch and those off it took particular time to come over and sign shirts for the kids and have pictures taken. A very good feel-good factor from the whole squad and I'm sure they will do very well in the season ahead.

Rotherham United v Birmingham City
Championship League
Saturday 22nd April 2019, 3pm
Callum Ramsey (Birmingham City)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?
 
A new ground and another ticked off the list.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
An easy train journey. We stopped off in Sheffield for a few beers on the way first. Then a short train journey to Rotherham Central. A short walk to Wetherspoons (The Rhinoceros) and then down the road to the ground.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
On arriving at The Rhinoceros the fans were mixed, and the atmosphere was fantastic. At £1.99 a pint you can’t complain. We stayed outside until 14:40 and walked to the ground. We found the home fans and police very welcoming.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New York Stadium?
 
We could see the ground from the train station, it is your stereotypical new style ground, and looking at it it looked larger than its 12,000 capacity.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game itself was good, the banter from the fans was also good. One home fan took some stick all of the first half. At half time he appeared in our stand with his pie and was shaking hands with the section of fans that had chanted at him for the best part of 45 minutes. I’ve never seen that before.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away from the ground was quick. The train station was a little congested and the small train to Sheffield was absolutely heaving!
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A fantastic day out and fantastic weather! Shame Rotherham have gone down as we would have loved to have returned there next season!

Rotherham United v Norwich City
Championship
Saturday 16th March 2019, 3pm
Martin Thirkettle (Norwich City)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?
 
I've been wanting to visit this ground for a while. Lots of fans I'd spoken to had said how good it was and I had never been to Rotherham before.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Door to door in just over 3 hours - despite the dreadful A17 and inclement weather. Great cheap car parking 5 minutes from the ground in Westgate (£2 for the whole day!).
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Had great lunch in Fitzwilliam & Hughes deli/cafe overlooking the Minster? Fantastic food at a great price. Tried to persuade the owner to open one up in Norwich! Then on to the New York Tavern - really good micro-brewery pub and fantastically friendly home fans - a great mix of home and away fans - no problem wearing colours.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New York Stadium?
 
A really great compact modern stadium - very good clear view on steep seating behind the goal.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Norwich, top of the league on a great run - very competitive match and yet another fairly well-deserved away win for the Champions elect! Sell-out in the away end so the atmosphere was electric.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
An easy walk back to the car and fairly easy getting back onto the M1, which is very close.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A great day out. I  hope that Rotherham do well in League 1 next season and hopefully beat Ipswich in the process!

Rotherham United v Preston North End
Championship League
Tuesday 1st January 2019, 3pm
Darren (Preston North End)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?
 
I have never been to Rotherham's ground before. Plus this was a New Years Day game, a date that I always look forward to in the football calendar.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Went on a coach from Deepdale. The journey was very easy we left at 11an and was in Rotherham town centre trying the local brew before 1pm.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
The home fans very friendly. We tried a couple of pints in the local Wetherspoons, at only £1.80 a pint, you can't beat that and it was a cracking pint too.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New York Stadium?
 
I was very impressed. The New York Stadium is just the right size for Rotherham. I had a walk around the ground, which looked very nice situated next to the river.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game itself was dire from a Preston point of view. The game should have been won in the first half, with umpteen chances missed. If you don't put your chances away, you get beat. How true that statement is. The atmosphere was okay especially when the home team went 2-0 up. We pulled one back but then just couldn't find the back of the net, resulting in a 2-1 victory for the home team.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Very easy back on the coach and gone within ten minutes.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I would return to the New York stadium I enjoyed everything about Rotherham apart from the result.

Rotherham United v Reading
Championship League
Saturday 15th December 2018, 3pm
Stefan Cox (Reading)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?
 
This one came about as a bit of an accident. A random night out in Sheffield on the Friday just happened to pave the way to tick another one off of the 92 and a chance for a Reading away day!
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Having been in Sheffield the night before the trip across to Rotherham was a piece of cake. A 20 minute drive and we were there, it is worth noting that we parked in the Sheffield Road car park which is free on a Saturday and is a 10 minute walk to the ground (and about 5 minutes to the pubs!).
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We first found ourselves in the Cutlers Arms on Westgate, as clearly the only southerners in the pub the home fans were very friendly and were more than happy to sit and chat over a pint. After that, we went to the local Wetherspoons (The Corn Law) which again was packed with home support but were all friendly enough, from the pubs the ground was an easy five minute walk.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the AESSEAL New York Stadium?
 
The stadium itself is (as all of these new ground are) very tidy and well set out, its sat in a strange triangle pinned between the river, railway line, scrap yard and old industrial estate but all around the ground was very smart.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
On the concourse, there was one food vendor (which for only 400 or so fans led to a bit of a queue so I'm sure bigger followings would have some fun and games!) and the stewards were friendly in allowing us to stand wherever we wanted. The game has to be one of the most dominant away performances I've seen from a Reading side, a 9th minute goal capping a fine and attacking start, and throughout the first half chance after chance came and went (some that I am confident my grandmother would've tucked away). As the weather got worse and worse (-4 and heavy sleet by half-time) the players took refuge, somehow with the mighty Royals only one goal to the good. 
 
A warm-up of Bovril and Pie's (all reasonably priced, £2 a Bovril and £2.50 a pie) and we were set to finish the job in the second half (whoops). The second half became a real battle as conditions got grimmer and grimmer. Reading yet again squandering several glorious chances we started to feel it may be one of those horrible days, and so it proved from an unnecessarily conceded corner there was an almighty scramble which allowed Rotherham to snatch a very sore 93rd minute equaliser.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Other than getting absolutely soaked and freezing cold on the ten-minute trudge back to the car. Getting away from the ground was a piece of cake, we were back on the M1 in 20 minutes after the game finished and home in around three hours. All and all an easy journey back!
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Rotherham as a town died probably 10/15 years ago so there is definitely a sense of a town that is run down, but the locals are friendly, the beer cheap and the ground tidy. I would happily return!

Rotherham United v West Bromwich Albion
Championship League
Saturday 22nd December 2018, 3pm
Jacob Bishop (West Bromwich Albion)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?
 
I try and get in as many away games as I can and being in the Championship means I have some new grounds to go to, especially Rotherham's new ground as it'd be the first time that the Baggies would be playing there.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Went via club carriage, so an easy journey to the ground where the coaches parked right outside.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
New builds are usually a bit far from any pubs to get there and back for the kick off time unless you get there very early, so was a pie and a pint in the ground which was decent.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the AESSEAL New York Stadium?
 
The view from the away end was quite a good view of the pitch and the shape of the roof was different from the typical new build stadium.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
What a performance from the baggie boys, a 4-0 win away. Scoring within five minutes helped with the overall result to be perfectly honest and them missing a penalty despite putting the goal music on confident that they were going to score. A young fan ran on the pitch when it went 4-0, which the stewards I felt treated him quite roughly and could have dealt with it a bit better. The atmosphere was good in the sold-out away end and the West Brom fans comprised a quarter of the overall crowd.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away was easy, we were back on the motorway in around 15 minutes or so.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Was a decent away trip with an excellent performance.

Rotherham United v Millwall
Championship League
Sunday 26th August 2018, 12:30pm
Brian Moore (Millwall)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?
 
Just a regular away game messed up by the South Yorkshire Police insisting on the day and time bring moved at relatively short notice. Thanks for the lost train ticket money guys!
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I took a train up from Birmingham to Sheffield with just time for a quick pint in the Sheffield Tap before the short train trip to Rotherham. The New York Stadium is an easy ten minute stroll away.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
As above just time for a quick pint in the Sheffield Tap. Police segregation measures meant there was no chance of fans mixing!
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New York Stadium?
 
I have been before but a neat enough new ground. A little quirky so better than most of the other new grounds. Being so near to the station and town centre helps too.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
A grim Millwall performance losing to a goal that my old pub team would have been ashamed to concede. The facilities were fine. I didn't try the catering. The stewards were relaxed.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
An easy walk back to the station and a train soon in and back at Sheffield Tap for a serious afternoon session before the train home!
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
The Sheffield Tap was as good as ever. The weather was awful and for the match, well no comment!

Italy U17's v Netherlands U17's
UEFA U17 European Championships Final
Sunday 20th May 2018, 6.15pm
John Hague (Italy U17's)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?
 
This was another new ground for me and thanks to a friend at The LRCFA we got free tickets. Being from Hoyland I visited Millmoor many times and still drop by to photograph the floodlights whenever I pass the town.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The New York Stadium is pretty easy to find and we parked on the road outside Millmoor. Being a Sunday there were no parking restrictions and if you get there early enough on a Saturday you should have no problems parking there. From there it was a ten minute walk to the ground which is visible all the way.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Dave, Colin and I headed first to Broomhill Flash between Barnsley and Rotherham for a spot of birdwatching. A nice mal e Red-necked Phalarope had been found earlier in the day so we enjoyed this Arctic stunner for an hour or so. Following this we stopped off for a coffee at Parkgate. Once at the ground we picked up our tickets, bought our pin badges. Note to UEFA, you could have made a few quid by selling badges, scarves etc.. but hey, what do i know about running a Football Association?
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New York Stadium?
 
I'm not usually a fan of new build grounds but I couldn't help being impressed by The New York Stadium. Great sightlines and plenty of leg room. It looks like they have also factored in the ability to convert to safe standing if the regulations change. This would greatly enhance the ground in my opinion. The concourses are spacious and there are plenty of food outlets.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
I had a Pukka Meat and Potato Pie which whilst a bit bland was acceptable and thankfully not superheated as is often the case. The first half was a very poor affair with neither side making many chances. Once The Netherlands scored a fluky goal early in the second half, Italy really went for it and scored too stunning goals. Another scruffy effort saw The Netherlands equalise and take the game to penalties which they won 4-1. A decent crowd of over 4,500 made a bit of noise and there were reasonable contingents of Italian and Dutch fans. I guess had England made the final things would have been a bit more raucous.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
After a 10 minute walk back to the car we were quickly on our way home to Leicester and on the M1 within 10 minutes.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I've really enjoyed the UEFA U17 Championships. I've seen some good games and ticked off a few new grounds that I wouldn't have ordinarily visited. I have to say I was impressed by Rotherham, a friendly club and I wish them well in their play off final against Shrewsbury Town.

Rotherham United v Scunthorpe United
League 1 Play Off Semi-Final, 2nd Leg
Wednesday 16th May 2018, 7.45pm
Paul Dickinson (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?
 
I’ve been to the New York Stadium several times as a neutral and have developed a soft spot for Rotherham. As a result and given the importance of the game, it was an easy decision to make, especially as I needed to go to two more matches to beat my best ever total of attending 72 games in one season.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
An easy 30 minute drive from my home in Leeds and we managed to squeeze into a small car park on the far side of the train station access road. One change from the directions in this guide is that if you turn immediately right out of the station, you can now walk directly to the ground as opposed to over the bridge and through the car park etc.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We went straight in and had a drink inside.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New York Stadium?
 
As mentioned, I’ve been here a few times but it was the first time I’d sat in the Ben Bennett stand. We were on row B and near the halfway line. It was an excellent view and really close to the action.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
With the first leg finely poised at 2-2, Rotherham started nervously but grew into the game. Their first goal at the end of the first half was pivotal and another one in the second half took the Millers back to Wembley.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
After watching the obligatory pitch invasion, we were back at the car in five minutes and home 30 minutes later.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
There is a strange attraction in watching games like this as a neutral. You are surrounded by angst and tension, whilst being able to enjoy the drama yourself! I’m really pleased for Rotherham and hope they make a swift return to the Championship League.

Rotherham United v Oxford United
League One
Tuesday 13th February 2018, 7.45pm
Rob Pickett (Oxford United)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?
 
Living in Sheffield this is a  ten mile journey for me. I've been to the New York Stadium before and I think it is a great lower league ground. Rotherham United had been on a good run. Oxford United were in a bit of a rut.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The ground is very well signposted and easy to find. Previously I'd taken the train and walked. As I drove, managed to find a Pay & Display for £1.50 which was ten minutes steady walking distance away from the New York Stadium.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I traveled on my own and as it was a freezing cold night, I walked straight to the stadium for a cup of tea. I chatted to a couple of Rotherham fans on the way to the ground.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New York Stadium?
 
Previous reviewers have commented on a "mini Emirates Stadium" which I agree with that. The New York Stadium is impressive looking, bordered by a railway line and a river. There is close feel inside with good views from the away end.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The stewards were visible but unobtrusive. There were a couple of standard catering stands with a decent amount of room on the concourse and plenty of toilets. The game was dominated by a confident Rotherham United in the first half. Our defensive errors came to the fore again, but Oxford scored an excellent goal just before half time. The game was more open in the second half, but overall, Rotherham United were worthy of a 3-1 win.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Straightforward. Took a little bit of time exiting the car park, but a seamless journey after that.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Rotherham United look good for a play-off place. Whilst I am worried about Oxford's slow slide. The New York Stadium is well worth a visit for away fans - a well designed modern football ground.

Rotherham United v Wigan Athletic
League One
Saturday 25th November 2017, 3pm
Harry (Wigan Athletic fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?
 
We had a chance to go to the top of the league if results went our way. We had also heard that the New York Stadium was a nice ground.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey to Rotherham was easy, with motorway most of the way. There is a large pay and display car park almost adjacent to the ground, which cost only £3 for all day.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Near the car park and opposite the Police station was a mobile butty van. We had huge and great tasting sausage sandwich for £2.50. Home fans appeared friendly and welcoming.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New York Stadium?
 
First impressions of the ground are good. It is a modern and well laid out stadium with easy access. Away fans are housed behind the goal, the seating is on a quite steep angle. The steps could be tricky for someone with mobility issues.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
It was a great game with a solid performance from both teams Wigan won 3-1. Pies were good but a little bit expensive. The ground is very well stewarded and the staff are friendly. All the facilities appear clean and well maintained. The atmosphere was alright but always sad to see large numbers of home fans leaving before the final whistle, even if their side are losing.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
No problems at all in getting away after the game. The traffic is very well managed by stewards and police.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Great day out at a good facility, With Wigan coming away top of the league.

Rotherham United v Gillingham
League One
Saturday 28th October 2017, 3pm
Les Smith (Gillingham fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?
 
I'm a Gills supporter living in Yorkshire, so this was a bit like a home game for me. It was also my first visit to the New York Stadium, so I was looking forward to that.
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How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
A word of advice. You want to avoid Doncaster railway station at lunchtime on a Saturday. It was heaving, and I couldn't find one of those screens that show the trains to come and which platform to go to. I had come down from York. However, trains from Doncaster to Rotherham are frequent, so that was okay. When I arrived at Rotherham I asked one of the many friendly Rotherham people I met how to find the ground. It's a ten minute walk alongside the river. Easy.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I went to the Bridge Inn. You walk out of the railway station, look to your right, and there it is. When I walked in I found a group of Gillingham supporters, friendly staff and Elixir bitter at £3.10 a pint. Repeat, £3.10 a pint. I was already loving Rotherham.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the AESSEAL New York Stadium?
 
There's been talk for many years, still ongoing, of Gillingham getting a new stadium. If ever we do, please could we have something like this? From outside it looks like a mini-Emirates. Broad walkways all around, trees, a river. Inside, it's spacious, airy, and benefits from a roof design that lets in the light. I believe the capacity is 12,000? It feels bigger.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Well, we won 3-1, so of course I feel good about the place. We scored three goals with unmarked headers from right wing crosses. If that happened to us I'd be asking some questions. When Rotherham scored the supporters made it sound like a proper stadium. The stewards were unobtrusive but happy to chat, with a good mix of women and men. One woman stood at the away end for five hours. When I asked her when she was allowed to go home, she smiled and said, "When you go home". Chicken balti pie before the game, and steak and kidney at half time. Excellent. You can get beer too, but I was saving myself for popping into the Bridge Inn again before getting the train home.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
No problem. The railway station is only a short walk away.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
This was a great day out. Of course, we won, and that always makes it good. But I experienced a great stadium for our level of football, fair and friendly Rotherham supporters before and after the game, and a proper League 1 football match. If we remain in the same division I'll definitely be going back next season.

Rotherham United v Walsall
Football League One
Tuesday 12th September 2017, 7:45pm
Darren (Walsall fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?
 
I have fond memories of the old Millmoor ground and a thrilling 3-2 win from being 2-0 down a fair few years ago.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I flew into East Midlands Airport from Guernsey. I then took a train to Sheffield, so a longer journey than most. The New York Stadium was easy to find from Rotherham Station.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I first stopped off and a had a walk around Sheffield City Centre and a few pints there, before getting back on the train for the short journey to Rotherham Central. The home fans were very friendly at the ground and after the game on the walk to the train station.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New York Stadium?
 
The New York Stadium is really well designed and was well lit up as this was a night game. I  had very clear views of the pitch from behind the away end goal. I also admired the graduated roof opposite the away end.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
It was a terrible game for Walsall as Rotherham United won 5-1 and four of their goals were at our end. It was a nice set up in the away end, with helpful staff behind the bar, who did not gloat at half time! I had a nice pie and good pint of John Smith's.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The New York Stadium is close to the train station and just a short walk. It was then a straightforward journey to Sheffield and onto Leeds and my hotel for the night (I flew out of Leeds / Bradford Airport the next day...I know, a bit bonkers).
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A terrible result but the New York Stadium is a really nice ground, with helpful fans and staff.

Rotherham United v Bury
Football League One
Saturday 9th September 2017, 3pm
Malcolm Parr (Bury fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?
 
This was my first visit to the New York Stadium. I wanted to see how it compared to Rotherham United's previous grounds of Millmoor and the Don Valley Stadium. both I which I had visited.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
It took about one hour and twenty minutes to drive from the Bury area to Rotherham. The New York Stadium is located just outside the town centre and is well signposted. There is no parking at the stadium but there are plenty of "pay and display" car parks within easy reach. I chose one which is about ten minutes walk from the ground.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We didn't see any pubs nearby so we went straight into the ground. The home fans and stewards were friendly and helpful.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New York Stadium?
 
The New York Stadium is a functional, clean facility. The acoustics are excellent. The most noticeable feature was the stepped perspex roof (there was a slight leak in the roof in the away section!). The stands are steep - bear this in mind if you have mobility problems.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
It was an entertaining game. Rotherham United took a deserved early lead but Bury equalised shortly afterwards. Rotherham went in front again early in the second half, but we pegged them back again. Poor defending allowed the home side to score the winner in the 90th minute. The atmosphere was impressive - there was none of the mindless hostility noticeable at some grounds. Stewards were friendly and relaxed.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
We chatted to some home fans as we walked back to the car. We left the car park promptly and we only encountered slightly delays as we left the area.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I enjoyed my visits to Millmoor but the New York Stadium is a better facility (comfortable, better sightlines). The newness of the ground hasn't stopped the home fans from creating a good atmosphere. However, I must add that some Bury fans missed the start of the game due to delays at the ticket office. This could cause problems with more volatile visiting fans. Overall, the result didn't spoil the day.

Rotherham United v Charlton Athletic
Saturday 26th August 2017, 3pm
Football League One
Paul Sullivan (Charlton Athletic fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the New York Stadium?
 
This was my first competitive away league game of the season. I try to see all Charlton games home and away but missed first three games due to a family holiday. Bizarrely I saw all nine pre-season friendlies including a three match Irish tour.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I got to the Ground a little bit later than I had hoped as I was looking forward to renewing my acquaintance with the Bridge Inn pub. Our supporters coach was delayed by traffic following an accident on the M1.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
As I felt I didn't have time for a relaxed couple of pints, I chose what I thought was a pretty novel pre-match activity by having a stroll along the River Roth that runs along behind the ground. It was all very relaxed with people fishing. I had a reasonable chicken balti pie and a coffee on entering the away concourse. However the service was a little slow.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New York Stadium?
 
This was my third visit to the New York Stadium with Charlton. I also had been to a fixture at the old Millmoor ground a number of years before against Walsall. You always pick out new perspectives on re-visits and it was the original modern floodlight pylons that caught my eye.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
I thoroughly enjoyed the game as we won and put in a sound performance. Our fans made plenty of noise and we've extended our song repertoire with an old Herman Hermit's hit. Not much coming from the Millers fans who increasingly got frustrated with referee Trevor Kettle. It was pleasing to meet up with an old Addick friend of mine who travelled across from Stockport.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The away coach was right outside and we were back on the motorway very quickly with various renditions of 'Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, oh what fun it is to see old Charlton win away, hey!'
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Rotherham have one of the better modern grounds in the New York Stadium, some of the others can be a little bland. A 2-0 win, job done. Back indoors in London for 9.45 pm for those two pints, I missed out on earlier to celebrate our win.

Rotherham United v Fulham
Football Championship League
Saturday 1st April 2017, 3pm
Gavin Roger (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the New York Stadium?

I dad been to the old Millmoor ground but not the New York Stadium

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I travelled down by train from Edinburgh and changed at Doncaster for Rotherham Central, with no problems.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I had a few pints in the Bridge near the railway station that was full of Fulham fans with an excellent atmosphere.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New York Stadium?

The New York Stadium is a very good ground and definitely one of the better new stadiums.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The atmosphere was muted and I was expecting more from a good Fulham side. The away following of 1200 or so sparked into life after going one up.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Easy ten minute walk back to the railway station.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The New York Stadium is definitely one of the better days out for a ground hopper.

Rotherham United v Huddersfield Town
Football Championship League
Tuesday 14th February 2017, 7.45pm
Thomas Inglis (Visiting Dundee United Fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AEESEAL New York Stadium?

I was looking forward to visiting the New York Stadium and ticking off English ground No.70 I have visited.so far of the 92.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Not so good planning from me on this one. I booked the Megabus from Dundee at 9.45am to get to Wakefield at 16.50pm. Then had booked through 'Trainline' an 18:04 Wakefield to Rotherham train to arrive at 18.44pm. sounds fine. Unfortunately the bus drops off at Wakefield/Wooley Edge. Which is a service station on the motorway in the middle of nowhere - 6 miles from Wakefield. It was then £13 for taxi to get to Wakefield (having only paid £6 return for bus trip). The same taxi fare back after match. Anyway once at Rotherham, the ground is only 10 minutes walk from the railway station.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I had a pint in 'The Elephant and Castle' a pub just beside Wakefield train station before getting to Rotherham. Once there I had a look in club shop, a wander round the outside of the stadium. I picked up ticket and headed in to savour the local derby atmosphere.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New York Stadium?

With it being a night game, the New York Stadium looked pretty good all lit up. Once inside it is quite impressive, being a 'new' stadium. I liked the unusual steps in the roofing of both the North and South stands from the taller West stand down to the smaller East Stand. I was sitting in the North Stand behind the goal with the Rotherham fans. I got a great view of the action.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

It was an exciting Yorkshire derby. Rotherham United took the lead on ten minutes when Ajayi knocked in from a corner. The equaliser 10 minutes later from Lolley was a low shot from the edge of the box that nicked off a defender to land just inside the post. Half time I sampled a steak pie which was fine, the toilets and stewarding within stadium were a good standard.

Onto the second half, with more frantic football on show, both teams trying to get on top. Rotherham's Adeyemi ran onto a smashing 25 yard drive on 70 minutes,.to give them hope of a much needed three points. Only a few minutes later though, Kachunga headed in a Mooy corner in a crowded box to level things again. Two minutes into injury time Tommy Smith screamed in a rocket shot from outside the box to seal the three points for a rampant Huddersfield side on something of a roll towards the top three of the league. There was a rousing atmosphere from both sets of fans in the 10,114 crowd.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I went for a couple of pints in the 'Cutler's Arms' to let crowds disperse, then one in a Wetherspoons place, before getting train back to Wakefield. I then had to get the rip-off taxi back to this 'nowhere' service station, followed by bus back to Dundee for 9.40am Wednesday (a 24hour round trip).

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The New York Stadium is a nice ground and it was a fantastic game. Two 2 annoying taxi fares though, which I will e-mail Megabus about., Still I enjoyed the experience though.

Rotherham United v Barnsley
Football Championship League
Saturday 28th January 2017, 3pm
Tom Bellamy (Barnsley fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?

When I first saw this seasons fixtures I penciled in my diary this particular match as it would be the first time that Barnsley have played Rotherham United at the New York Stadium. The last time Barnsley played them away was at their old Millmoor ground back in 2005, when Barnsley won 1-0. Before this fixture Rotherham were lying at the foot of the Championship League and Barnsley, in 12th place, were looking for their second Yorkshire derby victory within a week having beaten Leeds United 3-2 at home.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

My journey, by car, was straightforward and so easy as I only live nine miles away from Rotherham. After travelling only 20 minutes I parked my car in a side street very near to their old Millmoor ground, which is only a ten minute walk from the New York Stadium.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I didn't do anything much before the game, so it was just a case of getting into the ground and settling down with a nice hot cuppa.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New York Stadium?

Having driven past the New York Stadium many times in the past when heading towards the motorway I have often wondered what it was like inside. My first impression was that the Stadium could have belonged to a Premier League club. However, as I knew that the ground capacity was only 12,000 then the Stadium couldn't be as big as I thought. The Away End was in the "Mears South Stand" which can hold about 2,800 spectators and which was a sell out for the Barnsley fans. My seat was in the second row from the front and to one side of the goalmouth. I was very impressed with the amount of leg room I had, with me being over six foot tall. The whole stadium looked very compact and close to the pitch which made for very good viewing. I was very impressed with the whole Stadium and personally think it's best to have a small ground packed to the rafters than a huge ground that's only half full, as I have witnessed on many occasions this season.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

As you can imagine, with it being a local derby, the atmosphere before and during the game was very good. Rotherham started the game better than Barnsley and began to create a number of chances but to no avail. Barnsley, however, had the first clear cut chance when the ball hit the crossbar but then Rotherham counter attacked and their effort hit the post. As the first half progressed both teams played some good open football but I thought Rotherham were rather unlucky not to go into the interval without scoring. In the second half Barnsley upped their game and started pressing harder in order to break the deadlock. This came when, with 20min left to play, Barnsley passed the ball neatly from defence and from a pass that split the Rotherham defence wide open they scored a great goal in front of the Away fans. Although Rotherham continued to create more chances they were only denied an equaliser by some stunning saves from the Barnsley keeper. The match ended 1-0 to Barnsley and left Rotherham still at the foot of the Championship League with Barnsley moving up to seventh place.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the final whistle I made my way back to the car, and trouble free, with no problems at all. After a quick getaway I was back home for 5.45pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was yet another good away win for Barnsley especially as they had lost four players within a week due to the " January Transfer Window" including their captain Connor Hourihanes (to Villa) and Sam Winnall, their current top goal scorer (to Sheff Wednesday). As it looks now with the current league positions of both Barnsley and Rotherham it may be a while before I visit the New York Stadium again but I'm glad I did. Any local derby is always a great occasion, and this one didn't disappoint.

Rotherham United v Wigan Athletic
Football Championship League
Monday 26th December 2016, 3pm
Danny Norkus (Wigan Athletic fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?

I'd never been to Rotherham United's new ground. I enjoy football on Boxing Day as well as it gets you out after the excesses of Christmas Day.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Motorway journey practically all the way so getting there was easy. We spotted a car park near the New York Stadium for £2 only and a 10 minute walk to the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We had a coffee outside the ground and chatted to several Rotherham fans who were very friendly and welcoming.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New York Stadium?

The New York Stadium looks very modern and is quite impressive when first viewed. The away section was comfortable with good facilities and the rest of the ground looked just as spacious for the home fans. My only niggle would be the narrowness of the space behind the stand made the journey to the toilet longer than it should have been due to the number of fans crowded in there.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Stewards were friendly and helpful and there was a good atmosphere created by the Wigan fans. Rotherham went 3-0 up in the first half which put a damper on the day but we scored two in the second half leaving the Yorkies hanging on at the end. Losing was a disappointment but we didn't really deserve to win on the performance we put in.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was a short walk back to the car and we were back on the M1 in no time. the roads around the ground are well signposted and access is very good.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Despite the result, I enjoyed the visit to the New York Stadium. The Rotherham fans were friendly and the impression I have is one of a good family club and a very comfortable, modern ground.

Rotherham United v Leeds United
Football Championship League
Saturday 26th November 2016, 5.30pm
Shaun Tully (Leeds United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?

This was my first time to Rotherham and I always like to see a new ground. Also as (at the time of writing) Rotherham's form wasn't great I was hopeful of a win!

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Rotherham's New York stadium is just a stone throw from the old Millmoor ground and is on the edge of the town centre. Having never been there before I don't know what it has replaced but I assume it was an old factory or mill by the river. Its easy enough to find from the train station or by car coming in from the M1 but parking is a bit difficult with few spaces in the side streets.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I had quite a but of time before kick off so wondered into the centre of Rotherham. Its a fairly small city centre with a few chippys cafes etc but there are a few pubs too.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New York Stadium?

Whilst the area around Rotherham seems a little old and run down, the ground is new and looks very impressive, especially when approaching from the north along the A630. As the river runs around three sides, access is limited to only being able to approach it from the north. Away fans get the South Stand so you have to walk around the ground to gain access. Once inside the view is unrestricted and although Leeds fans never sit, the leg room for the seats is one of the most generous I've experienced. The stand is also quite steep meaning you are unlikely to have your view blocked by the fan in front.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The atmosphere was good although the home fans were a little quiet. Stewards were friendly. Didn't try the food. As for the game well we did our usual of trying to snatch defeat from the hands of victory. Rotherham went into the game with no wins in their last 13 games. They then lost two players in the first half due to injuries (including their goalkeeper) while their top striker was sent off after 30 minutes due violent play. By half time we were 2-0 up so an easy victory was being expected. But it finished 2-1 and Rotherham in the end were unlucky after an almighty scramble in our six yard box somehow failed to cross the line.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I had parked to the east (off the A618) After leaving the ground the Police shepherded us around initially to the north west (towards the train station) which meant I ended up walking around three sides of the ground and it took me over twenty minutes to reach my car. Had I realised this I might have parked near the old Millmoor. Once on the road the traffic was fine and I was on the M1 in no time.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The New York stadium is a nice sized ground with great unrestricted views. Access could be better (more footbridges over the river) but once beyond the river its easy enough to reach the M1. 

Rotherham United v Preston North End
Football Championship League
Saturday 5th November 2016, 3pm
Mike Bloor (Preston North End fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?

I have a friend who is at Sheffield University so when looking at the calendar for Yorkshire away fixtures I decided upon Rotherham due to the cheap tickets at £13, take note Leeds, and the fact that I couldn't do Sheffield Wednesday next month. So it was nice to see my mate and visit a new ground.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Since I was staying in Sheffield for the weekend, we took a ten minute train from Sheffield straight to Rotherham Central where we spotted some Preston fans.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We had a wander through the town centre for a bit, and watched some of the Wolves v Derby game in a pub as well. However, we got a bit bored and decided to head towards the New York Stadium. What a poor name for a football ground.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New York Stadium?

The ground is a reasonably impressive structure for a club of Rotherham's size. The away stand was close to the pitch which is always good for fans.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game ended up being an easy win. It began a bit scrappy with both sides struggling to settle. However, once Hugill headed in the opener, Preston took full control. A Preston fan set off a flare after wild celebrations which angered the stewards, although I'm not sure whether the fan was caught. Robinson headed in a second which gave Rotherham a mountain to climb. McGeady and Robinson were ripping Rotherham apart at half time, we had little worries. The second half saw Rotherham give it a go and they did pull a goal back which worried the North End faithful after all the chances we missed. However, those worries were soon gone after Johnson slid the ball across goal and Vermijl charged towards the back post to slot the ball in the net, 3-1, game over.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was easy getting away from the ground. We just strolled back across the bridge and the train station is only round the corner.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall it was a fantastic day and it is always good to win away from home. I'm also glad I did this away day as chances are Rotherham will be back in League One next season.

Rotherham United v Preston North End
Football Championship League
Saturday 5th November 2016, 3pm
Bob Davis (Preston North End fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?

First time visit to the new ground for both myself, my son and his mate. I had been to the old Millmoor ground previously and I was quite pleased to see Millmoor's old floodlights visible across from the new ground with the rather cosmopolitan sounding name The New York Stadium. Was told that the pitch at Millmoor is still there and is actually looked after by the old groundsman but not sure if that's true or not.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Drove over via the M6/M61/M60/M62/M1 and followed the directions on this website but somehow managed to drive past the junction for the A6178 so ended up south of Rotherham and heading up the A630 before spotting the ground on my right. As it was quite early did as some suggested and found a spot on a street across from the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Nipped to the ground to get an away ticket for my lads mate from the designated away tickets sales kiosk after which we spotted Rotherham player Peter Odemwingie rushing past a few home fans and declining to sign autographs as he was '10 minutes late' I think I heard him say and then headed into the town centre for a swift pint. We ended up in a pub called The County near the railway station which was a bit rough around the edges but served a pint of Strongbow for £2 was very reasonable. We then headed to a very busy McDonalds in the shopping precinct and filled up on burger & fries before heading to the stadium.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of a way end then other sides of the New York Stadium?

I thought that the New York Stadium looked quite large from the outside but on entering realised that it actually slopes from the old Millmoor ground side to the opposite River Don side with different sized seated terraces. That said it was very tidy and leant itself to a cosy feel with good views of the pitch from all stands. The away stand which I think holds about 2,400 was quite steep but offered a close up view of the pitch even from three quarters of the way up the stand were we sat or should I say stood much to the annoyance of some rather over zealous stewards who tried to get the back 6 or 7 rows of fans to sit down without much success. There mood was probably not helped by the setting off of a blue smoke bomb after the first goal that filled the stand.

Comment on the game itself, atmo sphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

As for the game, Rotherham started brightly but fell behind to two headed goals from Hugill and Robinson much to the delight of the noisy 1,559 travelling Preston faithful. That remained the score until half time and we went down to jostle for a space in the unorganised kiosks that seemed understaffed and offered the usual £3-£4 alcoholic drinks, pies at £3.20 and sausage rolls at £2.70. We settled for a brew at £2.10. One plus point was that the exit doors were opened for people to go out for a ciggie and at the same time they could get themselves a pint from a couple of mobile stands they had set up outside to serve alcohol. Maybe next time I go I will wait until half time and walk into the ground for nothing ... haha. Fair play to Rotherham who came out in the second half and had a bit of go at Preston but for me relied far too much on a long throw that was launched into the box at every opportunity from anywhere from near the half way line to the touchline. On one of the few occasions they did change it they managed to put a cross in and pulled a goal back to make the score 1-2. Any thoughts of a comeback were quickly quashed when within minutes Preston had broke away and added a third and could have scored a few more before the end of the game but it ended 1-3 to Preston with a comfortable win against Rotherham who remain bottom of the Championship.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

As I had parked in decent spot across the road from the ground so had a pretty swift getaway and we were soon heading back up the M1 with the three points in the bag and another ground ticked.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

As always nice to win away whilst watching your team and simple things like ease of access, street parking, cheap pub and a friendly enough atmosphere meant that I would probably go to Rotherham again.

Rotherham United v Nottingham Forest
Football Championship League
Wednesday 14th September 2016, 7.45pm
Yuri Bryars (Nottingham Forest fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?

This was the third season in a row that I had done Rotherham away and with the last two being draws I was really hoping for third time lucky. Having gone to Aston Villa the Sunday before it was two short trips in a row so couldn't pass it up.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The New York Stadium is very easy to find. I knew the route from before and I found parking quite near to the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Grabbed a pint with a few mates at a pub nearby and then made our way to the ground. Didn't have any problems with home fans, never found them a problem at Rotherham, always feels like a family atmosphere so couldn't be any friendlier.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New York Stadium?

The New York Stadium looks nice. Obviously with the stadium being quite new the facilities are good and the away end is a decent size for the size of the stadium. Only quip is how steep the stands are, does your knees in if you're walking up to the top.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Game it self wasn't bad. 2-2 draw that looked like it could have been a good 2-1 away win at one point. Lord Bendtner hit the post in his first game, almost dream away day from that perspective. For some reason though the stewards made it a sit where you like affair meaning me and my mates had trouble finding a space for all of us, could've been solved by just making people sit where their ticket says they should, especially since it was a sell out. Other than that had no problems with stewards.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Had a bit of trouble getting out of the car park but that is to be expected. If you go to a night game then try and avoid motorways on the way home as they regularly reduce the motorway down to one lane every few miles, for some reason or another.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall a good night out. The New York Stadium is a nice venue. A win would have been preferred but would definitely recommend doing Rotherham away if you get the chance.

Rotherham United v Bristol City
Football Championship League
Saturday 10th September 2016, 3pm
Chris Giles (Bristol City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?

After visiting the previous season and seeing us get well beaten 3-0, this time around optimism was high amongst our fans for a much better result. Bristol City were in good form and we had strengthened the team in the Summer transfer window.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The drive up from Bristol wasn't as bad as expected. After the standard motorway drive, I parked at the previously mentioned Westgate public parking, which was fairly empty when we got there at about 1:15pm. Costing £2 for all day parking (the machine doesn't give change!!) and only a 5-10 minute walk away from the ground, you cant go wrong!

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Being with my 6 year old son, we had already eaten on the way up so we went in the local pub on Westgate, The New Yorker, which was an old fashioned, cheap pub full of Rotherham fans of all ages that were friendly and welcoming, though I suspect this may be due to me being with my son, rather than a group of lads.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New York Stadium?

First thoughts on seeing the New York Stadium for me, were the same as last season. That it looked like a good ground, which was slightly different to the other modern "bowl" designed stadiums. Although the stands are joined together, to enclose the stadium, it still had different roof sizes, as well as different looking brickwork. It was also slightly better than last year as it wasn't pouring with rain this time around!

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was probably the most one sided game I have ever seen us play. Both teams looking to play football the right way (which is the only way we look to play these days) and had a couple of slight early chances before we took control. Rotherham were gifted the lead early on though after a shocking mix up between defender and keeper let their striker in to run the ball in to the goal. After that it was one way traffic without putting the ball in the back of the net. The second half started the same as the first half ended, with us on top, until Rotherham had a rare attack down their left, cutting it inside and having a shot that was going right down the keepers throat, only to be deflected over him by the same defender as the first half mix up. At 2-0 down with about 30 minutes to play usually would have seen a mass exodus from the away end, but everyone knew we weren't out of it. This was proved with 15 minutes left when we managed to get a goal back to make it 2-1. Scrappy though it was, it was even more deserved. Just 8 minutes later and the scores were level. The action didn't stop there as both sides nearly won it at the end, with City coming close after new signing Jamie Paterson hit the post with a rasping 20 yard drive that the 800-odd city fans were already celebrating. That was as close as it got and the final whistle was met with a chorus of boos from the home fans, and a mixture of cheers and disbelief from the away fans that their team, who had 75% possession and 35 shots, only managed to draw.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away was very simple and easy. We avoided what I ca n imagine the usual flow of traffic as my son wanted his photo taken with a few city players after the game. Only 20 minutes later than we would have been but there was no traffic getting to the motorway.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great day out at a relatively new stadium that has its own feel to it. Concourse areas good and prices within the ground aren't too bad for a football ground.

Rotherham United v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Football Championship League
Saturday 6th August 2016, 3pm
Andrew Goddard (Wolverhampton Wanderers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?

Being the opening weekend of the new season you're always hoping for a decent awayday to get the juices flowing for the campaign ahead. Rotherham fitted the bill perfectly....a new ground I'd yet to tick off, sensible ticket prices (yes Leeds & Wednesday, we're looking at you here) and within easy reach of the ale Mecca that is Sheffield. Additionally, the game was to be played at 3pm on a Saturday, a rare event across 2015/16 where Sky moved a huge number of Wolves matches for live coverage. With Sky's beloved Newcastle United now back in the Championship Wolves fans are expecting a lot less disruption to the fixture list, which makes things a whole lot easier when it comes to making travel arrangements for the weeks ahead. A sell-out 2,600 away following were making the trip complete with new Head Coach (the wanderlust-ridden Walter Zenga), new owners and even a new footballing innovation for 2016/17....an Icelandic superstar....to lead the attack.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground /car parking?

An easy enough trip up from London on the train for two of us, meeting our usual awayday travel companions from Wolverhampton in the excellent 'Sheffield Tap' pub at the namesake station for the first pint of the new season.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Arriving in Rotherham at about 12.45pm after a 15 minute journey on the local (archaic, two carriage) connecting train service from Sheffield (£3.50 return) we gave the 'Bridge' pub a swerve assuming there might be more intriguing drinking venues in the town centre to investigate. Our curiosity was rewarded with firstly a quick pint in a friendly-enough Wetherspoons (The Rhinoceros) which certainly didn't suffer from the curse of insufficient numbers of bar staff that the chain are often guilty of on matchdays elsewhere. Thirst quenched, we set off for somewhere with a bit more local flavour. This led us to 'The Cutlers Arms' on Westgate. This place ticked so many of our usual boxes that we were even prepared to forgive them what usually constitutes the cardinal sin of serving in plastic 'glasses'. Friendly people, excellent well-priced beers from the local Chantry brewery, good music and a spacious garden area to catch some of the traditional opening-day rays. We weren't in colours but I'm sure well-behaved supporters of all but the archest of rivals would be welcome here.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the AESSEAL New York Stadium?    

The New York Stadium was around 7 to 8 minutes walk from the Cutlers pub and a similar distance to Rotherham Railway Station. A steward provided directions to the away end and even added a (pretty sincere sounding) 'Good luck and enjoy the game'. A small point maybe, but appreciated all the same. In keeping with most new stadia, the area immediately surrounding the New York Stadium had nothing much to inspire or delay us so we headed into the ground for about 2.45pm.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Concourse space was limited so it was a question of a quick visit to the Gents and then out to the seats. A personal quirk perhaps, but I've never really understand the compulsion of many to eat and/or drink inside a football ground. The game turned out to be an interesting baptism of fire for Zenga. 2-0 down after 20 odd minutes it looked to be question of how many goals the home team would rack up, but perhaps the summer break had led to some of us forgetting football's unerring ability to surprise when we least expect it. Wolves scored late in the first half to make it 2-1 at half time, then came out revitalised in the second half (despite the ludicrously unjust dismissal of our young fullback Iorfa) and eventually managed midway through the half to equalise to finish the game with a spirited 2-2 draw. The home supporters were muted throughout, perhaps due to the tactical frailties and vulnerability that their heroes displayed in unravelling despite their commanding early lead. History certainly suggests that managers that have fared well in Scottish football aren't always suitably equipped to continue those successes south of the border but I hope Alan Stubbs does a decent job for Rotherham. It might just be down to whether he can resist the temptation to do a 'Gordon Strachan' and fill his new squad up with players who looked like worldbeaters in Scotland but are then found wanting when it comes to the greater demands of Championship football. As ever for the opening away day with Wolves, most in our end were boisterous and well-refreshed, but there was no indication of the undercurrent of malice that can sometimes permeate such occasions. Bonus point to the Rotherham DJ for playing 'Eton Rifles' in its' majestic entirety at half time!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

No problem getting away. A ten minute walk back to Rotherham Station and then a stop off in Sheffield for a swift-ish couple in a trusty old haunt ('The Rutland Arms') before getting the 7.30pm train back to London.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Thoroughly enjoyable. A hard-earned point for the new Wolverhampton regime and another ground ticked off for me having done Millmoor a decade or so earlier. It's a decent albeit in all honesty forgettable stadium, but the salvation for fans visiting Rotherham would lie in the decency and hospitality shown by the home fans and local pubs, the proximity of stadium to station/town centre and the opportunity offered of a refreshment break in Sheffield, undoubtedly one of the finest ale cities in the country.

Rotherham United v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Football Championship League
Saturday 6th August 2016, 3pm
Andrew Bartlett (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?

I did the 92 way back in 1994. But still have a few grounds left to complete the modern set - I saw Rotherham United at both Millmoor and the Don Valley Stadium, so was looking forward to visiting the New York Stadium.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Very easy. We travelled from the Coventry area up the M1 and parked at Meadowhall. It is ideal for any game in the Sheffield area as you can park for free all day and there are plenty of places to eat. From there it was a train journey of a few minutes to Rotherham Central, from where the ground is easily visible a short walk away.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We didn't pass any pubs on the way. It was interesting to see vendors selling beer outside the stadium but the queues were long and the service slow . Inside they were selling John Smiths at a reasonable-ish £3.70 a pint.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the AESSEAL New York Stadium?

The New York Stadium looks very modern, in stark contrast to Millmoor which still appears to be standing on the other side of the railway track. It is a modern ground, but slightly more interesting than the majority of cookie-cutter designs. We booked tickets online and took the print at home option, which worked well but doesn't give you much of a souvenir. The away end looked very good and was full of the travelling Wolves support. We had very good seats in the Main Stand, row D. I doubt that the roof would offer much shelter in the rain, but that didn't matter on a hot summers day.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

One negative point is that the access to the stand is quite cramped, with only one person at a time able to turn left or right at the end of the tunnel that takes you to the seats. I thought that the concourse was large enough to avoid a half-time crush. However, the beer queue was allowed to grow to the point where it blocked access to the toilets. The game was as entertaining as you could wish for as a neutral. A nearly full stadium, the home side going 2-0 up. And then Wolves coming back to draw with 10 men.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

On leaving the ground you realise that it has been shoehorned into a tight space with restricted access. Because the whole crowd has to leave through just one road entrance. There was no actual problem today with a good natured crowd. But it is a logistical problem that could hamper any plans to expand the current capacity. In a few minutes we were back at the station where a train was waiting to take us back to Meadowhall.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A good day out. The New York Stadium is a pleasant modern venue. And as a Southampton supporter it was nice to visit Rotherham and not lose!

Rotherham United v Queens Park Rangers
Football Championship League
Saturday 16th January 2016, 3pm
Paul Dent (Queens Park Rangers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?

I'm a QPR supporter from Teesside, so this was like a home fixture for me. I also look forward to visiting new stadiums and this was my first visit to Rotherham.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?  

I travelled by train from Darlington via Doncaster to Rotherham Central, which gives easy access to ground, a brisk 10 minute walk.

New York Stadium As Viewed From Rotherham Central Station

New York Stadium

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

I met up with a Rotherham supporting friend and enjoyed a couple of pints of Iron & Steel bitter, a tasty local brew at the Cutlers Arms on Westgate. Very friendly atmosphere and banter with both sets of supporters, supplemented by excellent bar staff and wide choice of local beers. A proper pub, highly recommend it to any visiting supporters. Five minutes walk from the ground.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the AESEAL New York Stadium?    

Excellent unobstructed views from the away end and plenty of leg room, easy access to seats from concourse. A very tidy stadium and appropriate size for Rotherham United's loyal fan base.

View From The Away End

View From The Away End

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

A game very distinctly of two halves, Rotherham dominated possession and goal threat during first half , but failed to capitalise as Rangers desperately defended. QPR turned the game on its head in second half by being more direct. Two goals in three minutes swung the balance as Rotherham reeled, a third goal at the death sealed victory for QPR, leaving Rotherham to rue their failure to take chances earlier in game. Stewards very friendly and accommodating as you'd expect from Yorkshire folk.

View Of The Main Stand

Main Stand Rotherham United

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

No bother getting away from stadium and arrived back at railway station within 12 minutes.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I enjoyed the whole afternoon in Rotherham a very pleasant place, a nice day, friendly folk, great banter and real ale in a warm atmospheric pub. I'll look forward to returning again at some future date.

Rotherham United v Queens Park Rangers
Football Championship League
Saturday 16th January 2016, 3pm
David (Queens Park Rangers fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?

I always enjoy visiting a ground for the first time. 

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Used a small car park on Westgate, £1.80 for all day parking. 

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Went into the New York Tavern as recommended by a previous reviewer, fantastic real ale at good prices, £3.50 for a pint and a half of New York Pale from the local Chantry Brewery . Staff and home fans were friendly and welcoming. We then moved up the road to a Wetherspoons pub and wished we hadn't, it was absolutely rammed and took ages to get served! 

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New York Stadium?

What a great little ground, fantastic uncluttered views to the pitch and a lovely vista of the surrounding Rotherham sky line! 

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Brilliant win for QPR, home fans could've been a bit more vocal to ramp up the atmosphere a bit but the away fans kept it noisy throughout. Small food facilities are sufficient and well staffed, plentiful toilets no long queues waiting to take a leak! The outside of ground Stewards were only too pleased to give us correct directions towards the visiting supporters turnstiles. 

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We had a 15 minute walk back to our car and was on the motorway in no time at all. 

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall the wife and I had a pleasing afternoon, we only had to travel from Hull so not a long journey, the pubs and people were we met were very friendly (as it should be), a great win for QPR, I'll look forward to QPR's next visit to Rotherham because I'll definitely be there!

 

Rotherham United v Queens Park Rangers
Football Championship League
Saturday 16th January 2016, 3pm
Callum Rose (Doing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the AESSEAL New York Stadium?

It was another ground to be ticked off, on our quest to do the 92, and I was hoping upon hope to bump into the Chuckle Brothers, who are honorary presidents of the club! 

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We left Manchester and drove across the scenic Woodhead's Pass into South Yorkshire. 

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We parked up at our hotel and had a quick drink in the pub which was adjoined to the hotel. We then got a taxi to The Corn Law Rhymer pub, which is just a 2-3 minute walk from the ground. The pub was very busy and there was a good mixture of home and away fans 

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New York Stadium?

From the outside it looked like a massive warehouse, but once we were inside, it was quite a nice stadium with lots of leg room. The away end was busy and the QPR fans looked as id they were a handful for the stewards.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

This was a game of two halves. Rotherham dominated both possession and chances in the first half, with some chances either being wasted or saved. In the second half, however, QPR put the Millers to the sword, with two goals in three minutes from David Holliett and Matt Phillips, who ran around like a man possessed. Rotherham attempted to claw their way back into the game, but to no avail, and lived to regret those chances when the Rangers scored a third strike with the last kick of the game. The steak and kidney pies, though, were simply exquisite. We had two, and my dad mentioned going back for a third!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We left a couple of minutes before full-time, and made our way back up Westgate. We had planned to pop back to the Corn Law Rhymer pub, but as luck would have it, there was a row of taxis coming up the hill. Fortunately, my dad managed to get one, and we headed back to the hotel. 

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Although it was a disappointing result, and the weather was baltic blue, I rather enjoyed a new experience at Rotherham - my 26th football ground. One more ticked off the list, and I'm certainly looking forward to number 27!

Rotherham United v Norwich City
League Cup 2nd Round
Tuesday 25th August 2015, 7.45pm
David Atkins (Norwich City fan)

Why were you looking forward to going to the New York Stadium?

I had not been to the new ground and was interested to see how it might compare with Millmoor and to what extent it was an identikit ground. Also, it's relatively near to where we live in Leeds and Norwich were also on good form.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

Travelling from Leeds and picking up in Wakefield the journey was easy. Down the M1, off at junction 34, into Rotherham on the A 6178, then easy parking behind the New York Tavern.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

Time for a couple of pints in the New York Tavern. Home fans were very friendly, especially the landlord and their beer from the local Chantry brewery was excellent.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?    

First impressions of the New York Stadium were that it obviously looked modern and a bit similar to Doncaster's. It's good that it's near the centre of town and not stuck on some out of town retail park. Inside it's neat and compact, built for purpose. The away section offers good views from behind the goal and the concourse was reasonably spacious (we had about 1,000 fans there on the night). The rest of the ground was only about half full but looked smart.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

We expected to win, despite fielding a number of squad players but Rotherham gave us quite a game of it and we had our stand in keeper to thank for keeping us ahead. Our yellow army kept up a good barrage of noise and were particularly delighted when Ricky Van Wolfswinkel scored only his second goal for the club. The half timer Bovril was standard fayre.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away was easy until we met closed slip roads on the M1.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

An enjoyable evening, thanks to the 2-1 win, including two well taken goals and the friendliness of the Rotherham fans.


Rotherham United v MK Dons
Championship League
Saturday, 8th August 2015, 3pm
Dan O'Brien (MK Dons fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the New York Stadium?

The New York Stadium looked a nice one, and one I had never visited before. But more importantly, it was the first game of the new season and MK Dons' first in the Championship League, so it was an historic game for the club.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?  

I travelled to the ground by club coach, just a minor traffic jam just as we entered Yorkshire. I think the ground would have been hard to find if I had driven as we seemed to have a long winded journey through Rotherham.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?   

Around the stadium, the home fans seemed quite a friendly bunch and it had a nice feel to the place. Plus for a change we had no 'Franchise' abuse directed at us, which we have had at some other grounds. We decided to head straight into the stadium rather than going for a wander around the nearby town centre.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?    

This New York Stadium looked very nice from the outside, ignoring the fact there is a rusty old derelict building and derelict yard to one side. But overall the stadium looked very good. However when you get inside into the actual seating area, the ground looks much smaller than it does from the outside, but it still looks decent.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

We didn't know what to expect going into the game as it was our first game in the Championship. Still we made a great start going 1-0 up in under 10 minutes only for Rotherham to equalise soon after. The home side then dominated for another good 20 minutes, and they could of scored 3-4, including missing an open goal. But to all of our surprise we ended up leading 3-1 at half time, largely thanks to their poor goalkeeper. We looked by far the better team in the second half and managed another goal to get a fantastic 4-1 win. The stewards seemed quite friendly and the facilities were average.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Many of their fans had left before the final whistle so it was an easy walk back to the coaches after a very good win, we got a few dirty looks from Rotherham fans this time though!

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A very good day out, a nice enough stadium and a very good result for the Dons!

Derby County v Rotherham United
Championship League
Tuesday 17th February 2015, 7.45pm
Andrew Jaffa (Derby County fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to the ground?

It was a stadium I had not visited before and from photos that I had seen, it looked impressive. Plus Derby were on a good run of form, so I decided to go.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? 

I travelled from my home in Stoke and it took longer than expected due to rush hour traffic and roadworks on the M1. But once we left the M1 to follow the road into Rotherham. finding the stadium was fairly easy. I parked at an old tesco car park for free, which was only about five minutes walk from the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly? 

Myself and my daughter wandered into the town centre where we enjoyed a kebab and chips. Even though we were wearing our club colours we felt perfectly safe mixing with the home away fans.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium? 

From the outside it looked awsome, all lit up against the night sky, especially the New York Stadium sign. Inside it seemed small and basic but pleasant and clean. The stands seemed quite steep but we were on the front row and still a good view, as we were sitting above above pitch level.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. 

The game was was an excellent encounter. Rotherham took a deserved 2-0 then a 3-1 lead. But in the final 30 minutes of the game, Derby just seem to click into gear and got it back to 3-3. Derby then looked as if they would go on and win it but Rotherham held on for the draw. The atmosphere inside the stadium from both sets of fans was good. Stewards were friendly and helpful although we were not allowed to hang a flag as it was over 3' x 5' and didnt have a fire certificate. Which seemed strange as we were next to the fire buckets! But they explained why and were pleasant about it

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We had no real problems leaving the ground and returned to the car still mingling with the home fans. We had some difficulty in getting back onto the M1 but this was purely down to roadworks and the slip road being closed with poor diversion signs. but once on it we were home back in Stoke in under an hour.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

We had a brilliant evening out. It was an excellent entertaining game and I really enjoyed my visit. I would love to return at a future date.  

Attendance: 11,035

Rotherham United v AFC Bournemouth
Championship League
Saturday, January 17th, 2015, 3pm
Robbie Sargent (AFC Bournemouth fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I didn't get the opportunity to visit the New York Stadium for our FA Cup meeting a fortnight earlier, and this was a new ground for me. I'd heard good things from fellow Bournemouth fans about their experiences and so was very much looking forward to my visit

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I am an exiled Bournemouth fan living in Milton Keynes, so it was a pretty straight forward journey up the M1. But when will they ever finish those roadworks! I had decided to park in the Rotherham Interchange multi-storey and found it very easily. It proved to be a good location for my choice of pub.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

The Bournemouth Exiles group had arranged to meet at the Bridge Inn, having had an excellent experience there just two weeks before.  The pub is about a 4-5 minute walk from the Interchange, while it's just across the road from the railway station (turn right on exit). It was a pleasure to drink in the company of home fans, enjoying some good football conversation. The pub serves quality real ale and the staff worked the bar very well.  Simple food was on offer - hot dogs and burgers in a napkin - no plates or knives and forks here! There is also a plethora of football scarves pinned to the walls with clubs of most divisions (and it seemed nationalities) represented. The biggest compliment I can pay to the pub is that next time I am in Rotherham for the football, this is where I will come. It's about a 10 minute walk to the stadium from here.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The ground looks great - I'm not a big fan of the newer stadiums, but this is done really well. From the outside, it looks bigger than the 12,000 capacity.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

I always felt Bournemouth were comfortable during the game and was confident of a victory.  A 2-0 win transpired, and as much I would love Rotherham to stay up (they had some great fans and it was a good day out) I fear for them this season.  The atmosphere was not great with an attendance of just over 9,000 and the home fans concerned at their teams lack of attacking threat (apart from one or two opportunities created in the first half). Their ire was directed at the referee and his officials, not surprising when you consider the linesman gave an offside directly from a throw-in!

I enjoyed a Chicken Balti pie, albeit it was still repeating on me in the car all the way back down the M1 after the game - much to the despair of my 14 year old son in the passenger seat! The stewards were friendly and helpful, offering a cheery 'goodbye and safe journey home' at the end of the game. Stewards at places like Norwich and Ipswich could learn a lot from these guys.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

A brisk 15 minute walk back to the Interchange, and on exit from the car park an immediate turn right on to a dual carriageway meant that we were back on the M1 in no time at all.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A fantastic day all round - great pub, great home fans, lovely stadium and Bournemouth still top of the Championship - who'd have thought!

Rotherham United v Leicester City
Pre-Season Friendly
Tuesday, August 5th, 2014, 7.45pm
Colin Hall (Leicester City fan)

I The old and new faces of Rotherham were on display as we approached the town centre on the A630 from the M1. To the left stood Millmoor, former home of the local football club, its stands and floodlights still intact, but looking forlorn and dilapidated. To the right, however, lay the shiny New York Stadium, opened in 2012, and already regarded as the most prominent symbol of the regeneration of club and town alike.

That process, at least as far as the latter is concerned, is clearly still some distance from completion, given the swathes of derelict land in the vicinity of the new venue. We parked in the grounds of a former night club (for a cost of £2) before passing the site of the disused, long-vacated Guest and Chrimes foundry. Many of the distinctive fire hydrants that can be seen in US films and TV shows were originally made here, hence the nickname “New York” which locals applied to the area and after which the new stadium is named.

Having purchased our match tickets, we sought refreshment in a local hostelry, and discovered the Cutlers Arms in Westgate (turn right from Main Street), a most welcoming and hospitable tavern.
It sold beers from the local Chantry’s brewery at £2.50/pint and the two products sampled (Tony’s Tipple and Steelos, both pale ales) were thoroughly enjoyed by all of our party of four. The beer garden, which doubles as an outdoor gig venue, proved popular with Foxes and locals alike, and the pub is certain to become a much-welcome addition to this season’s Championship drinking circuit.

The route back to the stadium was enlivened by a cheeseburger (price £2.50, onions included) from a van parked across the road from the police station, and a chat with a local man preparing for an evening of fishing rather than football. He assured all and sundry that fish (perch in particular) were readily available from the river, so presumably pollution levels are much reduced from the area’s industrial heyday.

We finally took our seats in the upper reaches of the away end as the game kicked off. The stadium is one of the more distinctive of the modern generation, with sloping roofs and steep banking. Although the latter can prove a test for ageing limbs, it also enabled an excellent view of the action, as well as the spires of a surprising number of churches which are still in existence within central Rotherham.

The toilets and catering facilities are a substantial improvement on those previously on offer to away supporters at Millmoor. Sadly, Rotherham, like so many other modern football clubs (Leicester included) have succumbed to the temptation of fleecing captive audiences, with many prices for food and drink up to 40p higher than those apparently being charged last season.

All that remained was for City to deliver a performance befitting their newly-acquired Premier League status, and the team duly obliged during a 3-1 victory against spirited hosts.

The crowd of below 4,000 was rather less than it could have been, but at least this minimised potential post-match traffic congestion. We were back on the motorway within 15 minutes of the final whistle and despite extensive roadworks extending through much of the Derbyshire section, back in Leicestershire within the hour.

While New York may not have the glamour of captivating qualities of its more famous namesake, it provides a welcoming and enjoyable experience which many discerning away fans will treasure during the coming season.

 

Rotherham United v Bristol City
League One
Saturday, March 29th, 2014, 3pm
Adam Chard (Bristol City fan)

I was unexpectedly presented with the prospect of a rare away trip to Rotherham to see my team Bristol City. I’ve managed to see City play at least once every season since 1987, so I gleefully grabbed the opportunity to make the 80 mile trip to South Yorkshire from my East Yorkshire home. Plus it would be the 43rd stadium ticked off my list!

The car journey was straightforward. In fact, once I drove into the town, I was mightily impressed just how easy it was getting from A to B in Rotherham. 

I wanted to keep my car on the south side of the stadium and on the map things looked very simple. There appeared to be plenty of residential streets and I could cross the River Don south of the stadium. However on closer inspection (and no one seems to mention this!) the bridge to the south of the stadium is for vehicles only and the next bridge is quite a way to the north.

I found a decent looking residential street with plenty of spaces. After a careful check I was confident there were no parking restrictions (I got a parking ticket at Preston North End because I didn’t check this out thoroughly!). This left me with a very pleasant walk down the hill with the stadium gleaming in the sunlight below.

The weather was lovely as I turned off Main Street onto the riverside walk. The stadium does look much bigger from the outside than its 12,000 capacity would suggest.

The turnstiles are all equipped with bar code scanners, so my ticket had to be purchased from an office before entering. Once inside, there was a large screen showing the Man Utd v Aston Villa match and a couple of refreshment stalls, the furthest of which was deserted.

The toilets were decent enough and a poster had been put up thanking the fans for travelling! Nice touch!

The away stand is much steeper than many stands I have been in around the country, meaning a really good view and no issues with seeing over the top of people.

View From The Away Stand

View from the away end

I didn’t have any great expectations, as Rotherham were pushing for promotion and we were just glad to be clear of any relegation threat. However, with our improved form I was hoping we’d give them a good game. 

City couldn’t have got off to a worse start. Backing off and backing off, they allowed Rotherham’s Tavernier plenty of sight of goal before he unleashed an unstoppable shot. All with barely one minute on the clock. For the rest of the first half City looked poor and our first effort on goal came in the 30th. Rotherham looked comfortable but rarely threatening. 

City came out much stronger in the second half, attacking the goal in front of our end. Around the 50th minute mark, City equalised with an absolute screamer from Wade Elliott. The City fans were now in fine voice and from this point it seemed we would at least get a point out of the game.

However, there was to be cruel twist of fate. Fielding took a routine goal kick from his hands. As the ball was sailing over the halfway line, we all heard a whistle and saw the Linesmen flagging furiously. It soon became apparent Fielding had been penalised for handball, for carrying the ball out of his penalty area! (Although later TV replays seemed to show that he hadn’t). Rotherham were awarded a free kick right on the edge of the penalty area and Tavernier powered his shot into the top right corner with apparent ease.

From then on Rotherham proceeded to shut out the game and it finally ended 2-1 to the home side. Disappointing, but we all clapped the City lads off after a much better second half performance.

I was forced to walk the opposite direction to my car due to segregation at the end of the match, but it was fairly simple to get back out onto Main Street from New York Way. Main Street was actually closed off to allow people to walk in the road. The walk back up the hill left me huffing and puffing a bit, but I was able to get out of Rotherham with ease.

So all in all a very enjoyable away trip, despite the result. The New York Stadium is a quality ground, with great facilities and all went smoothly. The new ground has obviously benefited the town greatly and just goes to prove what a difference this can make to a club.

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Updated 1st September 2019

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