|Black Bank, The Moat|
|Full name||Keepmoat Stadium|
|Location||Stadium Way, Lakeside, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England DN4 5JW|
|Owner||Doncaster Rovers Football Club|
|Operator||Doncaster Rovers Football Club|
|Opened||Official Opening: 3 August 2007|
|Doncaster Rovers (2007–present)
Doncaster RLFC (2007–present)
Doncaster Rovers Belles L.F.C. (2007–present)
Sheffield Eagles (2015)
The Keepmoat Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Doncaster, England, with a capacity of 15,231. It cost approximately £20 million to construct, as part of the wider complex it resides within which in total cost approximately £32 million, and is used by Doncaster Rovers, Doncaster Rugby League Club and Doncaster Rovers Belles Ladies Football Club.
On 19 June 2012, it was confirmed that Doncaster Rovers had secured a 99-year operating lease from Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council to lead the management of the stadium with a view to improving operating results across the stadium sports partnership.
At the Stadium Business Awards 2010 the stadium received the award for the Best Matchday Experience.
The main stadium consists of four main stands, which are as follows:
The East Stand is sponsored by Bartercard UK. The area of the East Stand towards the South East corner is the Families area sponsored by Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust and is known as the "DCLT" Families Stand.
This is the main match-day reception area with the stand sponsored by "Estate.com".
The South Stand, popularly known as the Black Bank, is sponsored by "Polypipe". For Doncaster Rovers matches this is the stand that houses the Black Bank (the Ultras group of Doncaster Rovers supporters) and is decorated with flags and banners on match days, widely known for creating a fantastic atmosphere.
The North Stand is sponsored by "Corsan". The North Stand area closest to the East Stand is the usual location of visiting fans. Depending on the numbers of visitors, the availability of seats in this area are expanded westwards to meet demand.
The all-seater stadium holds 15,231 spectators, 5,000 more than Belle Vue, with improved legroom and disabled access. Amongst the facilities in the new stadium is a new fans' bar, created to ensure fans have a place where they can enjoy pre-match drinks.
The pitch itself incorporates a system of synthetic fibres interwoven with natural grass. This helps to maintain the pitch's integrity and prevents the playing surface from deteriorating throughout the course of the season. The pitch however does not have an under-soil heating system in-place, despite being a modern construction. This has resulted in the postponement of a match within the first year of full operation.
Adjoining sports complex facilities and stadia
A mini-stadium is situated beside the main stadium, featuring a six-lane running track and a 500-seat stand. The mini stadium is used by Doncaster Rovers Belles, Doncaster Rovers Reserves, Doncaster Athletics Club, Doncaster RLFC's academy team, and the Doncaster Mustangs American football team.
The first game played by Doncaster Rovers in the new stadium was on 1 January 2007 against Huddersfield Town, whom they beat 3–0. The game also saw the first three red cards in the new stadium. Doncaster Rovers' centre forward Mark McCammon was the first player ever to score on the new pitch.
On 14 January 2007, Doncaster Rovers Belles' first match in the main stadium resulted in a 5–2 defeat to Leeds United, before a crowd of 1,797. Vicky Exley was the first Belle to score on the new pitch. The stadium hosted the final of the 2012–13 FA Women's Cup.
The highest ever attendance at the Keepmoat stadium was 15,001 for the visit of Leeds United. Rovers also achieved attendances of over 14,800 at the Keepmoat Stadium in games against Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United.
On 3 March 2010, it hosted England’s under-21’s 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification Group 9 match against Greece’s under-21’s. The hosts lost 2–1 with the visitors goals coming from Kyriakos Papadopoulos on the 28th minute and Yiannis Papadopoulos on the 49th minute while Nathan Delfouneso scored for the hosts on the 80th minute.
The opening game played by Doncaster in the new stadium was against Sheffield Eagles, to whom they lost 16–10 in front of 5,400 spectators. Sheffield Eagles (and former Dons') Richard Newlove was the first player to score try at the new stadium.
The stadium hosted the semi-final of the Rugby League Challenge Cup between Castleford and Leeds on Sunday 7 August 2011, Leeds winning 10-8 in front of 13,158 fans; another Challenge Cup Semi-Final between Hull FC and Wigan took place at the stadium on 29 July 2016, Hull running out 16-12 winners.
The Dons local rivals, the Sheffield Eagles, used the stadium as their temporary home during the 2015 rugby league season.
There have also been a variety of other events held in the Keepmoat Stadium, including two concerts in July 2007 featuring Ronan Keating, Bryan Adams and McFly. In July 2008 there was also a show by Sir Elton John and his band. In September 2008, the stadium was used to host the BAFL (British American Football League) finals known as "Britbowl". In mid June 2009 opened its facilities to accommodate corporate events and private functions, the first of which being the marriage reception of Wesley and Claire Vaughan, June 2009.
In November 2010, darts superstar Dennis Priestley held a darts exhibition at the Keepmoat Stadium. On 11 May 2013, an IBF Bantamweight World Title boxing match between Jamie McDonnell and Julio Ceja took place at the Keepmoat Stadium, with McDonnell the winner.
On 28 April 2016 it was announced that Rugby Union team Doncaster Knights would use the Keepmoat for a maximum of six games next season if they are to win promotion to the Aviva Premiership. This would allow work to be undertaken on their home ground of Castle Park in order to bring it up to at least the minimum seating capacity of 10,000 required by the RFU and the Professional Game Board (PGB) for a premiership venue.
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