AESSEAL New York Stadium
I was particularly fond of Rotherham on my first visit to the ground last year, the layout of the ground and the relatively short distance from the station and parking facilities made it a very easy to access. The ground itself, while being new and offering good facilities and views maintains some of its surrounding character as it is located virtually opposite to the site on which their old ground stood.
Getting to the ground – Train
Getting to Rotherham by train is relatively straightforward, while there are direct services from Kings Cross many will find it easier and cheaper to do split tickets and travel to Sheffield and take a relatively short journey across to Rotherham. The walk from the station to the ground is relatively short in comparison to some of the journeys we have done this season and directions are attached below.
Come out of the main station entrance turn right along Bridge Street. Opposite the Bridge Inn is a footpath that goes along one side of the River Don. Walk along this footpath until you reach a car park and then head towards the car park entrance. Then turn left going up over the bridge across the river and then take the next right into Market Street. At the bottom of Market Street turn right into Main Street and the stadium entrance is down this road on the left.
Getting to the ground – Car
Car parking in the stadium is for permit holders only so don’t bother attempting to get in there. There are a number of options for you to park in the City Centre however which are all pay and display and within a 15 minute walk of the ground. Your cheapest option is probably the multi storey car park located next to the Interchange Bus Station which costs £2.80 for four hours. For those using a Sat Nav the nearby police station postcode is S60 1QY and is a good marker to aim for.
Where to drink
On my last visit to Rotherham one of the noticeable things was the vast amount of pubs available to drink in all within walking distance of the ground. A short walk from the station or from one of the city centre car parks you will find three weatherspoons, the best of which is the Bluecoat, amongst a variety of other pubs. These pubs do have a home fan vibe to them but this isn’t to say they are unwelcoming to the away fan. Personally, I avoided these and opted for the very away friendly Bridge Inn which is conveniently located directly opposite the train station. They had a vast array of beers on offer and provided some proper football food on my last visit such as an incredibly priced £1 pork pie! While the pub food was superb for those looking for a more substantial meal the local bakers Staniforths are highly rated by pie pundits across the country and I’m sure one of the locals would be happy to point you in the direction of one of their stores.
A note for those coming back on the train via Sheffield on the Sunday, Virgin Trains Eastcoast are working on the line from Peterborough to London and as such there will be a revised service