Rotherham United: New York poised for away record with Sunderland AFC visit

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It’s only a pre-season friendly with nothing riding on the outcome, but Saturday’s Rotherham United v Sunderland clash may be an AESSEAL New York Stadium record-breaker.

The match could see the biggest ever away attendance in the four years since the Millers opened the doors to their home.

Sunderland fans

Sunderland fans

The demand for tickets in Sunderland has been so great that the Premier League Black Cats have taken their full allocation for the away South Stand and also been given parts of the East Stand, usually reserved for home supporters.

Around 4,000 fans should establish New York’s best away figure. The highest so far is the 3,729 who watched the July 2012 friendly against Sheffield United, one of the first ever games at the stadium.

The record can’t be set in a league match as Championship Rotherham sell enough home tickets to confine away followers to the South Stand.

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The biggest away attendance last season at New York was 2,623 when Derby County drew 3-3 with the Millers in March. Second was 2,618 when Middlesbrough were beaten 1-0.

The biggest ever attendance at NYS is the 11,758 who watched the Millers beat derby rivals Sheffield United 3-1 in League One on September 7 2013.

Other large crowds are 11,707 (2-3 v Sheffield Wednesday, March 21 2015), 11,658 (1-2 v Sheffield Wednesday, October 23 2015) and 11,681 (2-2 v Huddersfield Town, December 26 2014).

Sunderland were the sixth best supported club in the top flight last season, with a home average of 43,071 - beaten by only Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, Newcastle United and Liverpool.