Keepmoat Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Doncaster, England, with a capacity of 15,231. It cost approximately £20 million to construct, as part of the wider complex it resides within which in total cost approximately £32 million, and is used by Doncaster Rovers, Doncaster Rugby League Club and Doncaster Rovers Belles Ladies Football Club.
The official opening of the Keepmoat Stadium was on 3 August 2007, with Doncaster Rovers playing a Manchester United XI in front of a crowd of 13,080. United won the game 2–0. At the Stadium Business Awards 2010, the stadium received the award for Best Matchday Experience.
The all-seater Keepmoat stadium holds 15,231 spectators, 5,000 more than their previous stadium, Belle Vue, with improved legroom and disabled access. Amongst the facilities in the new stadium is a new fans' bar, created to ensure fans have a place where they can enjoy pre-match drinks.
As is the case with most new stadiums, Keepmoat is built in a ‘Bowl Style’, rather than the ‘English Style’ of having a stand on each side of the pitch. Also, as with most multi-purpose stadiums, the stands are named after their geographical locations as opposed to any interesting trivia associated with the club (they do however have sponsorship deals).
The South Stand (Polypipe) is behind one of the goals and welcomes the most vocal Donny supporters, whilst The East Stand (Donasonic/FirstBus) contains the club’s family section. Away supporters are usually housed in The North Stand (Corsan), with The West Stand (Estate.com) considered to be the main stand in the ground as it houses the dressing rooms, the players’ tunnel and the dugouts.
Visiting supporters are situated in the North stand behind one of the goals. The views are unrestricted and very good from all seats. The bowl design helps to keep the sound in allowing home and away fans to generate a lot of noise. There is also a bar at the ground which visiting fans are allowed into.
If arriving in Doncaster by train, then there are numerous pubs in Doncaster Town Centre that allow away supporters in. The Tut-n-Shive is a popular pub and only a few minutes walk from the railway station. Failing that then other good pubs in the town centre are Berlin's, Wetherspoons, Moods, Livingstone's, The Nags Head, The Salutation and the Rockingham Arms.
Not all of these pubs will allow in away supporters, and some won't accept club colours, but if you keep colours covered you should be ok. All of these have a decent selection of hot and cold drinks and most serve a small amount of food.
There are 1000 car parking spaces available at the stadium. However, if you're not first out of the gate it can be a painful process to escape from here onto the main road afterwards. Alternatively, a number of companies on the nearby industrial estate, offer match day parking at around £4 per vehicle. But if you're able to arrive a couple of hours before kick off then there is also some free street parking to be had in the surrounding area.
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