Any regular readers of this blog will know that I’m not a fan of new grounds. They’re soulless identical monstrosities that lack the character that older stadiums have. So you may be quite surprised to learn that I quite enjoyed this one.
Yes, the coloured cladding at each corner of the ground is a bit much, but at least it makes the thing stand out a bit more, without resorting to the same tired nonsense as most stadiums. No statues here, thank you very much. Granted, that may be a little grand for a club like Doncaster anyway, but it’s appreciated all the same.
Truth be told, there’s plenty of those little things that win you bonus points which move it into the realms of being one of the more memorable stadiums as a tourist. First off, can you see inside of it? Absolutely. That’s number one checked off the list.
Two. Are there any other stadiums nearby? Check. There’s a little mini stadium that adjoins. Although it doesn’t seem to have any official name other than still being the Keepmoat, it has a 500 seater stand, an athletics track and is also home to the club’s reserve and ladies sides. Champion.
Truthfully, there’s not a lot extra that I could add. The mere fact that it replaced one of the better named grounds (Belle Vue) when it opened in 2007 should be enough to hate it. But I don’t. Two stadiums for the price of one here, and one of the better new ones to boot. That’ll do me for now. Happy Christmas.