Clarets go to the Don Valley

Last updated : 22 January 2003 By Tony Scholes

Predominantly an athletics track the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield was completed in 1990 and became the first national outdoor sporting arena built in Great Britain since Wembley in the 1920s.

It has a capacity of 25,000 with 10,000 of those seated under cover and it is not expected that there will be any difficulty in accommodating the crowd at tonight’s reserve game with considerably less than 10,000 expected.

Needless to say it is the Clarets first ever appearance at the stadium that has staged many top events and even appeared on screen in the film ‘Full Monty’ and is now one of the many non Football League grounds being used for reserve team football.

With a stand down one side it resembles a posh Withdean Stadium but not the best for viewing a football match because of the running track which I am told is essential within an athletics stadium. However we are assured that the facilities and viewing are considerably better than the alternative, Rotherham’s own ground at Millmoor.

If you are considering going to the game the stadium is easily found. Take the exit from the M1 just south of the Meadowhall Shopping Centre and head towards Sheffield. The Don Valley Stadium, which is close to and can be seen from the M1, is just past the Sheffield Arena. Kick off is at 7:00 p.m.

There is no team news as yet other than there will be one familiar face in the Rotherham side, that of Alan Lee who is returning from suspension. Alan Lee suspended, now there’s a surprise.