New York Stadium

The New York Stadium, known as the AESSEAL New York Stadium for sponsorship purposes, is a football stadium in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England. Opened in July 2012, it is the home ground of Rotherham United.

AESSEAL New York Stadium
NYS, New York Stadium
LocationNew York Stadium
New York Way
S60 1FJ[1]
Public transitNational Rail Rotherham Central (0.4 mi)
OwnerRotherham United F.C.
OperatorRotherham United F.C.
Broke ground16 June 2011
BuiltPlanning permission granted, 2010
Opened19 July 2012
Construction cost£20 million
ArchitectS&P Architects and 3E Consulting Engineers
General contractorGleeds and GMI Construction
Rotherham United F.C. (2012–present)


Rotherham United announced their intention to construct a new community stadium when they moved away from Millmoor to the Don Valley Stadium in May 2008 after a dispute with the ground owner Ken Booth.[2] In January 2010 the club purchased the former site of the Guest and Chrimes Foundry to be used for the new stadium.[3] Outline planning permission for the stadium was granted in November 2010, and the first images were sketched shortly after.[4]

The name of the stadium was announced as the 'New York Stadium' on 19 December 2011, chosen ahead of 'The Foundry' and 'The Waterfront Stadium'. The reason for the name is that the area of land that the stadium lies upon is called 'New York'[5] and it was thought that it would be better to name the stadium after history and/or where the stadium is situated, like nearby stadiums Bramall Lane and Hillsborough. Also Guest and Chrimes used to make fire hydrants for New York City. Chairman Tony Stewart also hopes that the name could bring investment from New York City or further afield, as the New York Yankees chairman had recently said that he wanted to invest in an English football team.[6]

Construction started in June 2011 and the stadium was officially opened by Prince Edward, Duke of Kent on 12 March 2012.[7] The first game played at the stadium was a pre-season match between Rotherham and Barnsley, held on 21 July 2012.[8] The Millers won 2–1; the first goal in the stadium was scored by Jacob Mellis of Barnsley, and David Noble scored Rotherham's first goal in their new home.[8] The New York Stadium made its league debut on 18 August 2012, in which Rotherham beat Burton Albion 3–0,[9]Daniel Nardiello scoring the first competitive goal in the ground.[9]

On 16 April 2014, the stadium held an England under-18s game for the first time. The resulting match finished with England beating Germany 2–1. Over 9,000 fans attended the game.[10]

The naming rights to the stadium were announced as having been bought by local company AESSEAL, in a press conference on 21 November 2014. Club chairman Tony Stewart said the deal was worth six figures annually, as a result of the deal. It was also suggested as being the biggest sponsorship deal of the club's history.[11]

On 8 April 2016, England women's national football team played a UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying match versus Belgium at the stadium in front of 10,550 spectators.

On 17 August 2018, the funeral of entertainer Barry Chuckle was held at the stadium. Chuckle had been an honorary president of Rotherham United and was a regular at the team's matches.[12]


The stadium has a 12,000 all-seated capacity, with the option to be able to increase the stadium's capacity if needed.[13] It cost approximately £17 million to construct.[8] The stadium includes The 1925 Club, a corporate hospitality suite.[14] Local businesses such as Norton Finance[15] and Premier Hytemp[16] were some of the first members.

At the beginning of the 2014–15 season, a large video screen was installed in the north west corner of the stadium.


North Stand
The north stand

The North Stand, known as the KCM Recycling Stand for sponsorship reasons, and often referred to as the New Tivoli, is the kop stand of the stadium. The KCM Recycling Stand holds 2,000 home fans, and has the lettering of the club's initials – RUFC – in white across it. The stand is located behind one of the goals, opposite the away end.

West Stand

The West Stand, known as the Eric Twigg Pukka Pies Stand for sponsorship reasons, is the main stand of the stadium. It features the executive 1925 Lounge, and is the stand the players walk through when entering the field of play. It holds 4,000 home fans.

East Stand

The East Stand, known as the Ben Bennett Stand, is the stadium's family stand. It holds 4,000 home fans, as well as two built-in balcony-type structures for disabled people.

South Stand

The South Stand, known as the Mears Stand, is a 2,000-seater away stand. It is located behind a goal, with the family stand to the right, the main stand to the left, and the kop directly opposite.

Rotherham Vs Barnsley - First ever game at the New York Stadium 21 July 2012



  1. ^ "New York Stadium official website". Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  2. ^ "End of an era: Millmoor farewell for Rotherham". Yorkshire Post. 30 May 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Rotherham United buy foundry site for new stadium". BBC News Online. BBC. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Rotherham United new stadium given council go-ahead". BBC News Online. BBC. 25 November 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
  5. ^ O.S. Maps
  6. ^ "The Big Apple comes to Rotherham". Rotherham United F.C. 19 December 2011. Archived from the original on 7 January 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
  7. ^ "Rotherham United's New York Stadium opened". The Star. 13 March 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  8. ^ a b c "New Rotherham United stadium hosts first football match". BBC News Online. BBC. 22 July 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Rotherham 3-0 Burton Albion". BBC News Online. BBC. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  10. ^ "England U18 2-1 Germany U18: Winks and Ritterberg come off the bench to earn Young Lions late victory over old rivals". Daily Mail. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Millers strike AESSEAL stadium deal". Rotherham United F.C.
  12. ^ "Barry Chuckle funeral". BBC News. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Rotherham United FC stadium plans move ahead". Builder & Engineer Online. Excel Publishing Company Ltd. 5 May 2010. Archived from the original on 11 September 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2010.
  14. ^ "Be a part of New York Stadium's 1925 Club".[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Reaping the rewards of The 1925 Club". Sheffield News. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013.
  16. ^ "Millers' 1925 Club has Premier new member".[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ "Rotherham 3 – 1 Sheff Utd". BBC Sport. BBC. 7 September 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013.

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Coordinates: 53°25′40″N 1°21′43″W / 53.4279°N 1.362°W / 53.4279; -1.362