ROTHERHAM United have been delighted with the response so far to the England women’s international at the New York Stadium on Sunday, April 7.
In the first few weeks since the announcement of the awarding of a first international fixture for the new ground, several thousand tickets have already been snapped up indicating, at this early stage, that there will be a healthy attendance.
“The response has been fantastic, we’re delighted with it,” said a club spokesman. “It is still over two weeks away and we anticipate a lot more interest and more tickets selling in the final week and it will be great to have a really good crowd in here.”
It is difficult to estimate what the size of the crowd will be but the initial sales would suggest that, given a traditional late ‘surge’, a gate of 7 or 8,000 is certainly feasible.
It can be difficult to judge gates for such fixtures but Rotherham would certainly be delighted with anything close to that figure and the fact that pushing up towards 5,000 tickets have already been sold suggests they can get a healthy crowd.
The club have been fielding inquiries not just locally and from South Yorkshire but from across the North and Midlands.
Canada provide the opposition and are particularly attractive opponents because England and the Canadians have had something of a keen rivalry just recently.
Canada had won the previous two internationals until the teams met only last week in the final of the Cyprus Cup competition and, in an excellent game, England edged it 1-0.
The New York Stadium clash gives Canada an early shot at revenge while Hope Powell’s England side will be using it as a key warm-up fixture as they look ahead to the UEFA 2013 Championships.
England players are currently involved in promotional visits in the town. Jill Scott and Sophie Bradley have been to Ferham and Thornhill Primary Schools and player Jess Clarke is visiting two schools today, Meadowview Primary and Wath Comp. Tickets are priced at £5 adults, and £2.50 concessions (Under 16’s, Students and Over 65’s). A family ticket is £10 (two adults and two children). Under 8’s admitted free with a full paying adult. Group bookings for 15+ people is £3 adults and £2 concessions.
For more information, call the ticket hotline on 08444 140737 at the Red and White Shop or log on to www.rotherhamunitedshop.co.uk
Meanwhile, the Millers reserves came from behind to beat Oldham Athletic 3-2 at Parkgate yesterday.