Monday, December 19, 2011

News: Rotherham United confirm New York Stadium name

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When Rotherham United return to their home town next season, they will play at the New York Stadium.

The official announcement was made on the site of the 12,000 seater stadium, currently under construction close to Rotherham town centre, by chairman Tony Stewart along with honorary ambassador and World Cup referee, Howard Webb.

The New York name for the £20m landmark venue is in fact the historic name for the area where the new stadium is based.

And the old Guest and Chrimes Foundry on the site actually made the distinctive fire hydrants which are dotted around the streets of New York, USA. The site was active from 1857-1999 and in its early years was one of many South Yorkshire iron and steel works which exported metal infrastructure to the growing cities on the other side of the Atlantic.

Tony Stewart, chairman of Rotherham United, said: "The new stadium name is strongly rooted in more than 150 years of Rotherham's proud history of industry and enterprise, linking the old and the new eras and, I believe, it befits such a fantastic new stadium right at the heart of Rotherham.

"After careful consultation and detailed research into the local history of the site, we felt that New York was the perfect name for our new stadium."

Howard Webb added: "As a lifelong supporter of Rotherham United I am absolutely thrilled to be able to announce the name for the new stadium.

"Rotherham United is my hometown club that I have supported all my life. The Millers are responsible for my interest in the game. To become involved with the cub was a huge honour, and now to be here, whilst the club stands on the verge of this momentous new era, gives me a sense of great pride."

Contractors, GMI Construction are making good progress on the development that is set to be completed in July 2012. The Millers have been playing home games at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield after leaving Millmoor in 2008.

Rotherham United website

Images: themillers.co.uk / GMI Construction

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