IT’S not the Big Apple...but Rotherham United’s new ground can quite legitimately claim the name New York.
For that’s exactly where you will find the new £20 million super stadium - in the New York district of Rotherham town centre.
The landmark venue is being built on the old Guest and Chrimes Foundry site in the town.
Officially named New York Stadium yesterday by World Cup referee Howard Webb, the name links Rotherham’s past to their future.
For the Guest and Chrimes Foundry made the distinctive fire hydrants which are dotted around the famous American city.
Rotherham Council leader Roger Stone said at the name unveiling: “It’s a fantastic name and one that, I’m sure, will enable us to create links with New York across in America. We need to create links and why can’t we?
“In fact, as a town we’d like to create links with New York not just for the opening of the stadium but going into the future.
“We are going to talk to people over there and try and get them to come over.
Certainly the name can open doors into New York. The town already has links with the USA.
“If we can bring Dolly Parton to Rotherham then I’m sure we will be able to bring the New York Mayor or Governor to Rotherham.”
Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart added: “The new stadium name is strongly rooted in more than 150 years of Rotherham’s proud history of industry and enterprise, linking the old and the new eras.
“I’ve had many letters, emails and calls from fans with their suggestions.
“But, over the past few weeks, the support for New York gathered momentum.
“After careful consultation and detailed research into the local history of the site, we felt that New York was the perfect name for our new stadium.
“We also feel that the name can open doors for the commercial team at Rotherham United and we are looking into the possibility of setting up links between Rotherham and New York USA.”