Rotherham United: Expansion talk incredible say Millers

Rotherham United chief operating officer Paul Douglas
Rotherham United chief operating officer Paul Douglas
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The fact Rotherham United are even mentioning expansion at their New York Stadium has been regarded as “incredible” by the club.

The 12,000 capacity stadium has proved extremely popular right across the game and been a huge success in its first year and chairman Tonmy Stewart, the man responsible for it, described it as “putting the Eiffel Tower into Rotherham”.

Attendances more than doubled last season and are expected to rise again next season. There were four capacity crowds whilst the club could have sold a few thousand more for the promotion-clinching final game against Aldershot.

“People have asked about future expansion and if there are any plans for increasing the size one day and the answer is that the facility is in place, if required, to move up to 16,000,” said the club’s Chief Operating Officer Paul Douglas.

“But what is incredible is even mentioning about expanding a 12,000 seater stadium when you consider where this club was not so long ago.

“We had the dark days of administration; then we’re at Don Valley with gates down in the 3,000s and a number around 2,500 and yet here are people asking if we have plans for more than 12,000.

“It certainly is incredible but it’s also great because it shows how far we’ve come in a short space of time.”

Douglas said the stadium could go to 16,000 and would hope to do such work in between seasons. Anything above that would require additional engineering and require more time.

Meanwhile, this afternoon, the club launches it’s new away shirt which will be grey, described as ‘next door to silver’.

Paul Warne has a Testimonial Comedy Night at the Trades Club on Friday (7.30).