Rotherham United: Millers stadium could be copied

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The New York Stadium could be the blueprint for the design of Coventry City’s proposed new home.

Rotherham United’s new stadium has made quite an impression generally during its opening year and Coventry’s chief executive Tim Fisher says they like what they have seen and the potential offered by the Football League’s newest ground.

Coventry have had no choice but to leave their Ricoh Arena - they will play at Northampton’s Sixfields Stadium next season - and are aiming for a new ground back in Coventry.

“The model is Rotherham’s New York Stadium, it’s a great stadium,” says Fisher. “It’s modular so it grows as the club grows.

“We want a mix of commercial, residential, depending on the final site we go with and this is why I really like Rotherham United’s model because it’s set up so they can build a hotel, it’s by the river where it’s designated as regeneration so built into the bottom of the stadium are retail units, cafes, you name it - it’s brilliant.”

He said the League One club are looking at an 18,000 capacity ground in the first instance but it is still some way off as the plan os for them to be at Northampton for three years and up to five.

Meanwhile, the Millers - gearing up for bigger crowds next season - have passed last year’s season ticket sales and hope they will push through the 5,000 barrier by the start of the season.

“There has been a fantastic response and hopefully it will continue as the season approaches,” said the club’s Media officer Matt Young.

“We have passed the sales of last season and getting into League One is obviously a pull. There will, no doubt, be latecomers for whatever reason and there is usually a sales boost in the final weekes leading up to the season..”

Meanwhile, Rotherham play the final game of their three-match Scottish tour tomorrow at Ayr United, a club where Milelrs manager Steve Evans spent a season as a player.

This follows a 0-0 draw at Morton on Tuesday and, the following night, a 2-0 win at Livingston, both leading First Division clubs. Ayr finished seventh in the ten-team Second Division.

The first home friendly is next Tuesday against Bolton Wanderers (7.45). Next Saturday it is Mark Robins’ Huddersfield Town (3pm). In at least one of the four home friendlies they will wear the new grey away kit.