Doncaster Rovers – The Keepmoat Stadium

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Keepmoat StadiumThe Keepmoat stadium opened in 2006, with a build cost in the region of £32 million.

It is a multi-use venue, used by Doncaster Rovers FC, Doncaster Rugby League side and Doncaster Belles Ladies’ FC.

The all-seater stadium holds 15,200 spectators, some 5,000 more than Doncaster Rovers former home at Belle Vue, with improved legroom and disabled access.

The new stadium is totally enclosed by 4 covered stands. The West Stand houses the dressing rooms and players’ tunnel, TV gantry and press facilities. The East Stand incorporates executive boxes. The North and South Stands are identical, with the North End allocated to away supporters.

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How to get to the Keepmoat Stadium

By Road:
keepmoat stadium directionsThe Keepmoat stadium is located on Stadium Way, Lakeside, Doncaster DN4 5JW.

From the North, drivers should follow the A1(M) joining the eastbound M18 at junction 35. Exit the M18 at junction 3, following A6182 signage for the Keepmoat stadium.

From the South, visitors should follow the M1, joining the eastbound M18 at junction 32. Exit the M18 at junction 3 and take the A6182 towards Doncaster. The ground is clearly signposted.


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By Rail:
doncaster train stationDoncaster mainline station is 2 miles and a 25-30 minute walk to the Keepmoat stadium. However, a dedicated shuttle bus service operates to the ground from the Doncaster Interchange bus station (adjacent to the railway station) from 2 hours before kick-off. Buses depart at 10-minute intervals from stand C6. Fans alight in a lay-by near the ticket office, from which return buses leave after the match. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
Robin Hood airport is 7 miles from Doncaster. The dedicated 707 shuttle bus service, combined with local services, link the airport to Doncaster station every half hour. Click here to check the current flight times

Taxis
There are several taxi companies in Doncaster that can take you to and from the Keepmoat Stadium. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

Calling all Doncaster Taxi Companies – Why not advertise your company here?.

Where to Park?

keepmoat stadium parkingThere is a car park at the Keepmoat stadium, but with only 1,000 spaces, early arrival is definitely recommended, especially for bigger games. 60 spaces are reserved for disabled drivers, but these must be booked in advance. The club are allegedly giving preference to vehicles with more than one occupant, but visitors report that enforcement of this rule is extremely haphazard.

Numerous fans have recommended parking at the nearby industrial estate, where several firms offer reasonably priced match day parking. For very early arrivals, there is also limited on-street parking.

Away Friendly Pubs near the Keepmoat Stadium

pubs near keepmoat stadiumThe location of the ground, on the outskirts of Doncaster, means that the choice of pubs is very limited. However, the Lakeside, a Beefeater outlet near Stadium Way welcomes away fans, while there is a bar in the bowling alley, next to the “Vue” cinema, on the far side of the lake that adjoins the ground.

The stadium also has a Sports bar outside the West stand and alcohol is available inside the ground.

Hotels near the Keepmoat Stadium

holiday inn express doncasterThe Express by Holiday Inn Doncaster (pictured, left), Bullrush Grove, Balby, Doncaster DN4 8SJ is within a mile of the Keepmoat stadium. This modern hotel offers comfortable, air-conditioned accommodation at great-value rates. It is conveniently located, offering easy access to the M18 and A1(M). All the modern en suite rooms have power showers, hairdryers, satellite TVs and broadband Internet access. campanile doncaster

The Campanile Hotel (pictured, right), Doncaster Leisure Park, Bawtry Road, Doncaster DN4 7PD is only ¾ of a mile from Doncaster’s ground. This budget price hotel has attracted decent guest reviews, noting cleanliness, helpful staff and value for money. Free on-site parking is available.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to the Keepmoat Stadium?

away fans doncasterThe majority of visiting fans have found the atmosphere far better at the Keepmoat than at the more open Bell Vue stadium. The view of the playing action, leg room and facilities in the away section are reportedly all good, though fans are a good distance from the pitch which has a track surrounding it. The concourses are of ample size and the quality, range and pricing of the food on offer has received few complaints.

The Doncaster stewards have been almost universally praised, maintaining an unobtrusive presence. One major downside experienced by many visitors has been the length of time taken to exit the stadium car park. Several away supporters have complained of delays of an hour or more in getting out of the car park and onto the main road

Your comments about Doncaster Rovers – The Keepmoat Stadium


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  1. Stu

    Last season with Newcastle Utd, best ground visited. Atmosphere good, stewards for once excellent, Donny fans excellent.


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  3. Ben Teedy

    This match was televised live on BBC TWO, so a low turnout from both home and away fans was expected. However, the home fans which did turn out failed to make an impact and only made a respectable level of noise when they scored. Away fans can create a decent atmosphere as the roof is quite low.

    The ground itself manages to be above par of the normal modern ‘bowl’ stadiums and boasts decent legroom from comfortable seats. Food is typically priced for a football stadium and the toilets are well maintained but quite packed. Stewarding was fairly decent apart from a couple of incidents when they clearly got bored and decided to chuck people out for things as trivial as banging on seats.

    There are quite a few places to park, but they cost around £4.00 so arriving around an hour before the match will get you some free street parking. For a guaranteed Free of charge parking spot the ‘Doncaster Dome’ lesiure park will always have free spaces and is 1/2 hours walk from the Keepmoat. I would advise not to use the offical away fan parking space, I heard many fellow fans grumbling about it’s lack of value for money.

    Pubs round the Stadium are few and far between – the ground is located in the middle of an industrial estate. The town centre is quite a journey away and a bus is advised if you are desperate for a drink.

    Keep Colours covered after the match, as fans from both clubs will be walking side by side.

    7/10


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  5. Duncan

    There is no a real ale brewery opposite the stadium, in particular the athletics track. Toad brewery have set aside an area for fans to drink. Basic but the ale is gorgeous


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  7. Mervyn

    Best away trip of the season so far. Stewards were excellent and the Doncaster fans were great. Mixed messages about The Beefeater just down the road. Sign said no away fans but stewards and police directed us to it. Loads of away fans and absolutely no trouble. Beer and lager £3.30 a pint and pies and pasties £3. a pop. Crisps £1. Unfortunately we all expect to pay through the nose don’t we. Can’t praise the stewards and Doncaster fans enough.


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  9. Mervyn

    Should have said the prices quoted were inside the ground not in The Beefeater.


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  11. Matt

    Took my two kids (both 8).

    Very impressed with the stadium and the picturesque setting behind the home fans end, where there is a huge lake.

    Getting to the Stadium is difficult if travelling by train. You could walk it in about half an hour. Our option was to get a taxi(£6).

    We had lunch in the town centre in Wetherspoons(The Angel), usaul Wethies food, basic but cheap.
    Arrived at stadium at 1-45 and decided to go for a drink. This was difficult because there are no pubs. We opted for the next best thing “The Beefeater” about a 10 min walk.

    Inside the stadium was excellent. View, facilities, stewards and food.

    Atmosphere was muted by the fact Donny supporters don’t sing and the only audible noise came from a lonely drummer..

    Getting away was a nightmare. My advice would be go back to the pub for an hour waiting for traffic to clear or stay there and order a taxi.

    It was the kids first visit to an away game.
    Excellent hospitality shown by the people of Donny and all of the clubs staff.
    Excellent safe day out.
    Well done Donny. See you next year.


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  13. CURTIS

    Great stadium went to belle vue a few times and this stadium tops it although i do love standing terraces this is a much more smart affair with a warm and welcoming feel fans were good it was against tottenham so the atmosphere from them along with the donny faithful made it a pleasing night getting out the car park was tiring though!


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  15. Steve Hawkins

    Visited the Keepmoat on 13/08/11 to see Donny play West Ham.

    The Lakeside Shopping Centre is a stone’s throw from the stadium. The Beefeater, next to The Premier Inn, is fine for home and away fans. I must say the whole atmosphere of the area was very cordial and relaxed. Plenty of parking at Lakeside.
    I stayed at the Park Inn – again 5 mins from Lakeside and 10 mins from the Keepmoat – excellent hotel.

    As for the ground, quiet atmosphere from the home support, decent and friendly stewarding and ample space in the concourse to get something to eat and drink.
    A good day out.


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  17. Mr. D . Wilson

    Home fans numbers where down as the people of Doncaster’s short lived interest in football is over following a run of mediocre results. You could here a pin drop in the half empty home end the only sound was from the away end , i still do not know if the Donny fans have any songs ! This is a council owned property and Doncaster Council apparently spent £32,000,000 building it ! Looking around at the Industrial Park corrugated tin cladding and concrete you have to ask where did all the money go? Other teams have raised 2 or 3 times LESS of there own money and get an equally cheap little ground so why did the good people of Doncaster spend so much tax payers Money on this?. Most folk in the town seam to follow horse racing , rugby , Train Spotting , Leeds United or Manchester United . Don’t expect a knowledgeable fan base talking to them you soon realize that even the older fans in there new red / white shirts did not attend in the dark days of lower and None League football. Since our visit the decline as continued so that £32,000,000 construction cost and the operating losses since opening not looking like a great investment for the poor people of Doncaster.


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  19. joe duncan

    found the stadium easy thought doncaster was great also the fans we pretty loud i would like to go again do recomend take a chunck of money as it is pretty expensive apart from that great stadium.


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  21. Smiify

    Went to Donny for the first time yesterday. Decent enough stadium with good facilities although very poorly attended ( think it was 8000 and there must have been 1500 – 2000 Rs there)

    Used The Railway pub classed, quite rightly, as a traditional pub which was just outside the station. Relaxed no arse ache although full of QPR supporters. Moved in to town to Tut ‘n Shive. Bit livelier but again relaxed ehough. Police popped in a couple of times but were very relaxed ( outside were letting some of the lads have photos with their helmets ! )

    Wouldn’t recommend walking to the stadium. Only two miles away apparently but a good two miles. Got a cab for £5 which was well worth it. Believe there’s a shuttle that operates as well to and from the ground which we used on the trip back.

    P*ss poor performance from the team . Still dont know how we managed to conspire to gift them the result. Nothing up front is the problem.

    Good day out without the result we wanted. Relaxed venue. No worries about going again.

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