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Ground guide – Keepmoat Stadium

Tenants – Doncaster Rovers

Capacity – 15,231 (all seated)

Address – Stadium Way, Lakeside, Doncaster, DN4 5JW

Year Opened – 2007

Cost – £21 million

Donny’s rise to the Championship has seemingly gone unnoticed by most, and their recent success meant that the old Belle Vue ground was no longer practical.

Cue the Keepmoat Stadium. Costing £21 million the new ground seats just over 15,000 and construction was finished in 2007.

The ground is situated in the middle of an industrial estate so parking is no problem.

On my visit to the Keepmoat everything was well organised and was a thoroughly enjoyable day out.

The only downside to the new stadium, as with most new grounds, is the lack of atmosphere.

Here is some more information you might want to know.

  • I’m a visiting Wednesday fan and wondering what the away section of the ground is like?

Away fans are housed in the North Stand behind one of the goals which holds just over 3,000. The facilities inside the ground are good and the legroom is almost luxurious. But make sure you have a ticket as cash isn’t accepted on the turnstiles.

  • We’re Hull City fans and have just arrived in our Ford Fiesta. Where can we park?

The best place for parking is in one of the industrial car parks which cost from £3 to £4. If you arrive early enough there is also some street parking available.

  • I’m a Leeds fan and was wondering what the police are like in and around the ground?

There is no shortage of police presence outside the ground but if you are well behaved they generally let you get on with what you want. Police usually escort away fan’s coaches and people heading for the train station after the game.

  • I want a beer.

Unfortunately beer is no longer sold to away fans so if you’re after a drink it’s probably best to get one in and around the complex before the match. The Sports Bar outside the ground invites both home and away fans to drink but things can get a bit hairy if you’re a visiting supporter. The other nearest watering hole near the cinema complex which is located around the lake and often tends to be a bit quieter than the Sports Bar. There are also various bars and pubs in the town centre but are around a 25 minute walk from the ground.

  • I’ve made the trip from Middlesbrough, get me some reading material for the journey back.

The matchday programme is priced at £3 and should keep you entertained for a while.

  • Feed me.

Food is available from vendors around the ground. Inside the ground pasties and pies are available but on my visit all the pies ran out so if you want one make sure you get one early.

Video – The Keepmoat’s first game

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