Doncaster Rovers Travel Info
By Pam Wilkins

Saturday 5th October will find Pompey supporters heading North to Doncaster Rovers Keepmoat Stadium, Stadium Way, Doncaster DN4 5JW.

Rovers moved to The Keepmoat from their old Belle Vue ground in 2007. The ground has a capacity of 15,231 and Blues fans will be in the Ellgia (North) Stand at one end of the ground.

Please note that cash is not accepted at the turnstiles, so if there are any tickets available to buy on the day in the Pompey section, they will need to be purchased from the Club Doncaster Academy Reception in the North West corner of the Stadium.

 

 

How to get to the Keepmoat

 

By road

From the A1(M) join the M18 Eastbound at junction 35 (signposted Hull), or from the M1 join the M18 Eastbound at Junction 32.

Once on the M18, leave at Junction 3 and take the A6182 towards Doncaster (the stadium is well signposted from Junction 3 and is about one and a half miles away).

You will pass a retail park on your left and then at the next traffic lights (which has the Lakeside pub visible behind it), turn left onto White Rose Way. The Lakeside Shopping Centre will be on your right (the stadium is located behind the shopping centre).

At the next island turn right onto the industrial estate and after passing the Tesco distribution centre on your right, turn right at the bottom of the road and the stadium is further down on your left.

 

Parking

There is a fairly large car park at the stadium, which costs £5 per car, but it does get full for bigger games and it can take a long time to get out after the game. There are sixty spaces reserved for disabled fans, which must be booked in advance of matchday.

Alternatively a number of companies on the nearby industrial estate offer match day parking at around £3 - £4 per car.

 

By train

Trains run regularly to Doncaster from London Kings Cross. The journey will take from one and a half to two hours.

Alternatively trains run regularly from London St Pancras International to Sheffield and from Sheffield trains run regularly to Doncaster.

Doncaster station is about two miles from the ground, so either take a taxi or bus number 56 runs every fifteen minutes from the Frenchgate Transport Interchange adjacent to the station, direct to the ground. The journey will take about eighteen minutes.

After the game buses will leave from stop opposite car Park 2 back to the town centre. There should be sufficient buses laid on for everyone who wishes to travel back into town by bus to do so. Bus details can be found on either  www.firstgroup.com or www.travelsouthyorkshire.com

If you feel like a walk, then as you come out of the station turn right and keep straight on this road (the A6182 Trafford Way) and you will eventually reach the stadium complex on your left.

 

Up to date, on the day travel information is available on twitter on @PompeyfcCop.

 

Where to eat and drink

The Keepmoat is on the outskirts of town so there is not much choice in the way of pubs. There is The Lakeside, a Beefeater pub, White Rose Way, Doncaster, DN4 5PJ    The Lakeside serves food and real ale and has a Premier Inn attached if you are thinking of staying overnight.

In the nearby shopping centre there are several fast food outlets.

If you are arriving by train and like your real ale, then on Platform 3B there is the Draughtsman Alehouse, a restored former Victorian buffet room which also has a selection of gins and serves snacks.

In the town centre, near the station, is The Leopard, West Street, DN1 3AA, an away fan friendly pub serving cask ale and food.

Also near the station on West Street is the Railway pub, serving real ale.

At the Keepmoat there is the big Belle Vue bar, on the outside of the West Stand. Serving food, on past visits the Belle Vue has welcomed Pompey fans. It does get very crowded towards kick off.

In the newly refurbished concourse there are food and drink outlets plus television screens.

If you have children with you there will be themed football skill tests and face painting available under the away stand..

There is a  comprehensive away fans guide on the Doncaster Rovers FC website

https://www.doncasterroversfc.co.uk/siteassets/content/2.club/drfc_visitingsupporters_guide.pdf

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