Rotherham United played for over 100 years at the Millmoor ground.
However, the club were unable to agree rental terms, resulting in their temporary move to the Don Valley Stadium in the neighbouring city of Sheffield whilst their new stadium is built in Rotherham.
Rotherham will play at the ground until 2011. The Football League have stipulated that the club must return to Rotherham by that time. The Don Stadium was built to host the World Student Games of 1991 and is the largest athletics stadium in the UK, with a seated capacity of 25,000.
The Main Stand has a capacity of 10,000, plus separate blocks of seating on both sides, one of which is allocated to away supporters. The remainder of the stadium comprises of open blocks of seating on all sides, with large access aisles, as the stadium is also used as a music venue.
How to get to the Don Valley Stadium
The Don Valley Stadium is located in Worksop Road, Sheffield S9 3TL.
Drivers arriving from all routes should exit the M1 motorway at junction 34 (Sheffield Meadowhall). At the roundabout, follow signs for A6178 / City Centre / Attercliffe. Go past Meadowhall Shopping Centre on your right. Keep straight on the A6178 (Attercliffe Road). The Don Valley Stadium is signposted thereafter. Go past the stadium to the traffic lights and turn left into Worksop Road. Take the 2nd left for the stadium car park. As junction 34 is also the turnoff for the popular Meadowhall Shopping Centre, traffic leaving the motorway is usually heavy, so visiting fans are advised to allow plenty of time for the journey.
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The nearest railway station is Meadowhall, which is just over two miles from the ground. Visiting fans have recommended taking the “Supertram” to reach the ground. Most rail routes will result in away fans arriving at Sheffield station, a little further from the ground.
The bus service no. 69 runs from near the station and stops a few minutes walk from the ground. Alternatively, the Supertram runs from the station to the ground, though a change at Castle Street is necessary. Click here to check the current train timetables
The nearest airport is Leeds Bradford. There are regular bus links to Leeds station, which provides regular rail links to Sheffield. Total journey time is between 2 and 2½ hours. Click here to check the current flight times
There are several taxi companies in Sheffield that can take you to and from the Don Valley Stadium. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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Where to Park?
Reasonably priced car parking is available on match days at Pic Toys, on Worksop Road. Otherwise, there is plenty of street parking available on the right hand side of Attercliffe Road, opposite the stadium.
Away Friendly Pubs near the Don Valley Stadium
Faras, just outside the main entrance to the stadium, on Worksop Road, admits away fans, but the Cocked hat on the opposite side of the road is designated “Home fans only.”
Also nearby is the Britannia, which runs up to the rear of the Main Stand. The CAMRA-listed Carlton, on Attercliffe Road, is about a 15-minute walk from the ground. Though advertised by the licensees as “Away fans only,” it reportedly has a good atmosphere with a sociable, relaxed mix of rival supporters. It serves excellent, reasonably priced real ale. For those driving in from the M1, there are several “family” pubs en route to the ground.
Hotels near the Don Valley Stadium
The Holiday Inn Sheffield (pictured left), Victoria Station Road, Sheffield S4 7YE is 1½ miles from the Don Valley Stadium. This 4-star full service hotel offers a range of food / beverage outlets and a health suite. Guest reviews indicate spacious, clean rooms and opulent Victorian surroundings in the public areas of the hotel.
The Hilton Sheffield (pictured right), 2 Furnival Road, Sheffield S4 7YA is 2 minutes’ walk from the city centre and close to the M1. Guests have noted an excellent location, friendly and efficient staff and quiet rooms.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip?
Visiting fans have been surprised on entering the ground, as the stadium is sunk into the ground, so fans enter at a level about halfway up the Main Stand. Tickets for the upper tier of the stand are more expensive, but visitors report that the view and the prospect of being under cover is well worth the extra cost.
Most away fans report the running track surrounding the pitch as a pain, but seem to accept that it cannot be helped. Legroom in the seating is reportedly excellent and the stewards adopt a relaxed approach. Despite decent acoustics in the away section, the atmosphere inside the ground is virtually non-existent, due to small crowds in a virtually empty stadium. The facilities inside the stadium are modern and clean. Visitors report that the club have done a good job in setting up a makeshift bar, which is usually adequate in terms of space and serving time.
Catering consists of good quality pies and sausage rolls, while draught lager, bitter and cider is also available.