The New York Stadium, also called AESSEAL New York Stadium because of sponsorship, is a soccer field in Rotherham, England. It opened in July 2012 and is where Rotherham United plays their home games.
The stadium is named after an area called New York, which used to be here. Some maps still mention it up to the 1980s. However, it’s thought the name comes from a company called Guest and Chrimes that used to be here for almost 150 years. They made a special brass stop tap that’s used in many fire hydrants worldwide, including the red ones in New York City.
People often call it the NYS. It recently hosted some matches for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022.
Rotherham United wanted to build a new stadium after leaving Millmoor for Don Valley Stadium in May 2008 due to a disagreement with the owner, Ken Booth. In January 2010, they bought the old Guest and Chrimes Foundry site for this purpose. The stadium’s basic permission was granted in November 2010, and they began planning how it would look.
They named the stadium ‘New York Stadium’ on December 19, 2011, instead of other options like ‘The Foundry’ and ‘The Waterfront Stadium.’ They chose this name because the stadium is on land called ‘New York,’ similar to nearby stadiums like Bramall Lane and Hillsborough. Also, Guest and Chrimes used to make fire hydrants for New York City. The club’s chairman, Tony Stewart, hoped that the name might attract investment from New York City or elsewhere, as the New York Yankees chairman had expressed interest in investing in an English football team.
Construction began in June 2011, and the stadium was officially opened by Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, on March 12, 2012. The first game there was a friendly match between Rotherham and Barnsley on July 21, 2012. Rotherham won 2-1, with Jacob Mellis of Barnsley scoring the first goal in the stadium, and David Noble scoring Rotherham’s first goal in their new home. The stadium’s first league match happened on August 18, 2012, when Rotherham beat Burton Albion 3-0, with Daniel Nardiello scoring the first competitive goal there.
The stadium’s naming rights were bought by a local company called AESSEAL, as announced in a press conference on November 21, 2014. Club chairman Tony Stewart said this deal was worth a significant annual amount, possibly the biggest sponsorship deal in the club’s history.
The stadium can hold 12,000 people, and all the seats are comfy. If they ever need more space, they can make the stadium bigger. Building it cost about £17 million.