In the words of the Arctic Monkeys, ‘You’re not from New York City, you’re from Rotherham’…
Rotherham United play at the all-seated AESSEAL New York Stadium, which is situated near the Millers’ old ground, Millmoor. The Stadium looks very aesthetically pleasing as you’d expect from a new ground, with the club’s crest at the front of the stadium, with ‘New York Stadium’ in large lettering either side of this. The floodlights also look unique due to their circular design and are placed on the East Stand.
Things you might not know:
The Eric Twigg Foods Pukka-Pies stand is the largest stand in the ground. It holds the executive boxes, the media area, the gantry and the tunnel. This is also where the club shop and other outlets are at the ground.
Away fans are housed in the 2,500 capacity South Stand opposite the Rotherham Kop, behind the goal. As you’d expect from a modern stadium, there are good facilities on the concourse including TV’s. The stewards also permit supporters to go outside for a cigarette at half-time, should they need one.
The pies are good here and there is a small variety of draught lager available as well as bottles of Fosters and Heineken, priced at £3.40. The ground has also recently started serving Strongbow Darkfruit on tap too.
Due to the steep nature of the stands and the close proximity of them next to the pitch, this makes this ground particularly good for atmosphere. Even when a relatively small travelling contingent comes to the stadium, it keeps in the noise and amplifies it. Due to this, and the decent home support, we’d rate the atmosphere a 3.5/5 here. It can really get rocking when the Millers are merry.
The East Stand, which is the Ben Bennett Family Stand. is slightly smaller than the others. Interestingly, it has the option to be extended, should the club need to increase the stadium’s capacity in the future. There is also a big screen in the North West corner.
All of the stands have disabled bays in them.
The AESSEAL New York Stadium was also awarded ‘Away Day of the Year’ by the Football Supporters’ Federation, in 2016.
Pubs for away fans:
Due to the ground being in the town centre, there’s a plethora of options for away supporters wanting a beverage pre-match. One pub which caters to away fans and proves popular is The Bridge Inn. This traditional pub situated opposite the train station offers a wide selection of beers. This pub is particularly unique as it has the scarf of every club in ‘The 92’ hung up inside, amongst many other clubs from around the world. Additionally, in the beer garden at the back of the pub there are also the names of Rotherham United heroes in large letters adorning the wall. Other popular choices with away fans are: The Corn Law Rhymer, The Bluecoats, the Rhinoceros and the Cutler’s Arms.
Travelling by train:
As stated before, the ground is in the town centre so it is just a five minute walk from the station. Turn right from the station, past the River Don and cross at the council buildings.
Capacity of stadium: 12,021
Club nickname: The Millers
Programme cost: £3
Cost of a pie: £3.20
It might not be as bustling or indeed nearly as picturesque as New York City, but a trip to the New York Stadium is well worth the money.