ROTHERHAM UNITED: Thanks to Don Valley as Millers make their move

'Invaluable help': Pat Smith, left, general manager of DVS, with Millers chairman Tony Stewart

'Invaluable help': Pat Smith, left, general manager of DVS, with Millers chairman Tony Stewart

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ROTHERHAM United have officially thanked the people who run Don Valley Stadium for accommodating them over the last four years.

Millers chairman Tony Stewart says that without their help the club “would not be where it is today” and might not have been moving into their new home, the New York Stadium.

Speaking at the club’s official end-of-season function, Stewart paid tribute to Sheffield International Venues (SIV) which operates and runs Don Valley Stadium.

He thanked them for their hospitality and professionalism in welcoming the club when it was forced to leave Millmoor in 2008.

“After leaving Millmoor, having a home like Don Valley gave us a strong platform to plan for the club’s future and our move back home to Rotherham,” said Stewart.

“We cannot thank Don Valley enough for what they have done for us.

“Their help, support and assistance has been invaluable and enabled us to plan for our future. Without this base we might not having been going to a new stadium in a couple of months.”

At the club’s awards night, chairman Stewart - on behalf of the club - presented Don Valley Stadium manager Pat Smith with a memento.

“I would like to thank Pat Smith and his team for what has been a fantastic four years at Don Valley,” he added.

“The professionalism and hospitality they have shown has been second to none and, without Don Valley, we simply would not be the club we are today. We cannot thank them enough for what they have done for us.

“It left us with some very good playing memories too - we had some excellent cup victories there against Championship teams and it gave us a special night when we beat Aldershot to reach Wembley in the 2010 play-offs.”

The New York Stadium will be ready in the early July. The club have already doubled season ticket sales to nearly 3,000 and expect to sell more.

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