Doncaster Rovers might have missed out on promotion from League One this season - but their Keepmoat Stadium is one of the best in the division, according to a new survey.
The study, carried out by footy fan Stuart Count, ranked Rovers’ stadium sixth best in the division - ahead of South Yorkshire rivals Barnsley but behind fellow Yorkshire sides Sheffield United and Bradford City.
Stuart, who runs the ground guide website www.ToThe92.co.uk, visited all 92 English football stadia in 12 days and delivered his verdict.
Stuart visited all 92 grounds to raise money for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London and to update the ground guide on his website. See the full list below.
He described the Keepmoat as “very tidy” with great facilities for disabled supporters.
He said: “A very tidy stadium throughout. Enclosed on all corners and when full, the sound really travels around. A perfect example of how good the acoustics can be even in a smallish ground.
“Leg room is more than plentiful whilst the toilets facilities and concourses are as good here as at any other stadium in the 3rd tier of the English game.
He added: “The food outlets are reasonably priced and views are completely unrestricted from all areas however, my favourite aspect is the effort that has been made to give disabled fans a good view of the game.
“I see all too ofter the disabled area being situated in a small corner at ground level where it has been an obvious after thought. At ‘The Moat’, this section is raised up half way back in the West Stand. You’d be surprised how many people comment on this and how nice it is to have a better view of the action.
“Transport to and from the ground is very good with a regular match day bus service going to and from the Doncaster Interchange bus station. There’s been a number of community stadiums built in recent times that have no real affiliation to the club but you can tell that a real effort has been made to try to avoid that here.”
Milton Keynes Dons’ Stadium MK topped the table, ahead of Coventry City’s Ricoh Arena. Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane and Bradford City also beat Rovers’ to claim places in the top five.
Oldham Athletic’s Boundary Park ground was voted the worst in League One with Scunthorpe United’s Glanford Park stadium also faring badly, landing in 21st place. Oakwell at Barnsley was rated eighth best.
Stuart also ranked the stadiums in the Championship, with Derby County’s iPro Stadium leading the field ahead of Rotherham United’s New York Stadium. Leeds United’s Elland Road ground was ninth, with Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough ground ranked in the bottom four.
Stuart visited all 92 grounds to raise money for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London and to update the ground guide on his website.
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Here’s the full run down of both divisions.
1 - Milton Keynes Dons - Stadium:MK
2 - Coventry City - Ricoh Arena
3 - Sheffield United - Bramall Lane
4 - Preston North End - Deepdale
5 - Bradford City - Coral Windows Stadium
6 - Doncaster Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium
7 - Notts County - Meadow Lane
8 - Barnsley - Oakwell
9 - Chesterfield - Proact Stadium
10 - Peterborough United - London Road
11 - Colchester United - Weston Homes Community Stadium
12 - Gillingham - Priestfield Stadium
13 - Bristol City - Ashton Gate
14 - Fleetwood Town - Highbury Stadium
15 - Walsall - Banks Stadium
16 - Crewe Alexandra - Gresty Road
17 - Yeovil Town - Huish Park
18 - Leyton Orient - Matchroom Stadium
19 - Swindon Town - County Ground
20 - Port Vale - Vale Park
21 - Scunthorpe United - Glanford Park
22 - Crawley Town - Broadfield Stadium
23 - Rochdale - Spotland
24 - Oldham Athletic - Boundary Park
1 - Derby County - iPro Stadium
2 - Rotherham United - New York Stadium
3 - Brighton and Hove Albion - American Express Stadium
4 - Watford - Vicarage Road
5 - Middlesbrough - Riverside Stadium
6 - Reading - Madejski Stadium
7 - Cardiff City - Cardiff City Stadium
8 - Charlton Athletic - The Valley
9 - Leeds United - Elland Road
10 - Wolverhampton Wanderers – Molineux
11 - Nottingham Forest - The City Ground
12 - Fulham - Craven Cottage
13 - Bournemouth - Dean Court
14 - Norwich City - Carrow Road
15 - Birmingham City - St Andrews
16 - Blackburn Rovers - Ewood Park
17 - Bolton Wanderers - Macron Stadium
18 - Blackpool - Bloomfield Road
19 - Huddersfield Town - John Smith’s Stadium
20 - Ipswich Town - Portman Road
21 - Sheffield Wednesday - Hillsborough
22 - Millwall - The New Den
23 - Brentford - Griffin Park
24 - Wigan Athletic - DW Stadium Wigan