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Address: Stadium Way,
Capacity: 15,231 (All-Seater)
A very good, multi-purpose stadium.
Built in 2006, it has been the home of Doncaster Rovers Football Club and Doncaster Rugby League Football Club since 2007.
Rovers had previously played at Belle Vue since 1922, and the Rugby League Club, then known as Doncaster Dragons, had also called that place home over two spells between 1995 and 2006.
Doncaster Rovers Belles Ladies Football Club have their administrative offices inside the Eco-Power Stadium, but play their games in nearby Rossington.
The Eco-Power Stadium name has been in use from the beginning of 2022. Between November 2006 and December 2021, the ground was known for sponsorship reasons as the Keepmoat Stadium.
Location and Getting There
The Eco-Power Stadium is located close to the Lakeside Village Shopping Outlet, around 1.5 miles southeast of Doncaster Town Centre. The Outlet is to the south of the ground, with the lake itself to the East. Doncaster Athletic Club’s stadium, as well as a group of 3G pitches, are located outside the ground’s northwest corner.
The Stadium is certainly accessible by car with a good number of car parking spaces around the ground’s vicinity, though you should certainly be able to find free parking in the industrial estate next to Lakeside Village.
The shopping outlet itself has restrictions on how long vehicles can park there for so I would recommend against parking within it.
Doncaster Station is northwest of the ground and it can take upwards of 30 minutes to walk from there.
A good alternative though is to head to the nearby Interchange and take the number 70 bus service to the Keepmoat, getting off at the Stadium Way stop close to the South Stand.
Outside the Ground
The South Stand is made up mostly of white corrugated iron with brickwork down at the base. There is a brick structure building out the centre of the stand that houses the Club Doncaster Enterprise Zone Reception.
The Main Ticket Office can be found to the left of this building, near to the southwest corner which is made of blue corrugated iron and holds the Club Shop for both Doncaster Rovers and Doncaster Rugby League. Turnstiles 11-16 for entry inside are based over towards the stadium's southeast corner.
There is also a row of parking spaces out beyond the South Stand’s exterior.
Continuing round in a clockwise direction brings you to the West Stand, which is made up mostly of large panels and corrugated iron, with brickwork once again retained along the bottom. Another of the stadium’s Receptions is located inside a brick building that protrudes out the middle of the stand. The Belle Vue Bar, in tribute to the former home of both Doncaster clubs, has its entrance to the right of the central structure.
The road surrounding the Eco-Power Stadium is named after the late Alick Jeffrey, regarded as one of Doncaster Rovers’ greatest ever players. One of the apartment blocks built on the site which Belle Vue once stood is named after him. The other four blocks are named after Doncaster greats Walter Langton, Tom Keetley, Syd Bycroft and James Coppinger.
You can find two sets of turnstiles along the western side of the stadium. Turnstiles 17-19 are at the southern end and Turnstiles 20-22 are at the northern end.
The Eco-Power Stadium’s largest car park is out beyond the exterior of the West Stand.
The northwest stand is made up of red corrugated iron and holds the entrance to the Club Doncaster Academy offices.
Continuing round from there brings you to the North Stand, which has a very similar exterior design to the South Stand opposite.
Turnstiles for this side of the stadium (23-26 and 27-30) are either side of the central brick building, which holds the entrance to a FoundationFitness Gym.
There is also a row of parking out beyond the North Stand like you would find at the opposite end of the stadium.
The northeast corner is made of yellow corrugated iron and holds an entrance into the ground for emergency vehicles. It is usually only open when in use.
The East Stand is made up mostly of white panels and has pillars coming down either side of the central brick building that holds a hospitality entrance.
Turnstiles are on either side of the stand. Turnstiles 1-5 are up at the northern end of the East Stand, with the Club Doncaster Foundation Family Area Turnstiles (6-10) over towards the southern end. This Family Area section is made of green corrugated iron and also has an entrance into the stadium for emergency vehicles.
Out beyond the East Stand’s exterior is a row of car parking spaces, though a number of these are strictly for Club Doncaster officials.
Inside the Ground
The South Stand is made up of a single tier of red seating, with the very back row at the same height along the whole stand and both the southeast and southwest corners. The letters DONCASTER are spelt out in white, although the letter T resembles a stick figure with arms out and is made out of black seating instead. An electronic scoreboard hangs on the back wall above the southwest corner.
There are no supporting pillars coming down from the roof and your view of the pitch from any seat is perfectly clear as a result.
The West Stand is also single tiered, and its back row goes as far back as the adjacent South Stand does. The only exception is in the middle of the stand where the area holding the matchday camera can be found. Doncaster’s press boxes are based in front of this.
The club’s changing rooms, tunnel and dugouts can all be found inside the West Stand, and there are no supporting pillars coming down that would restrict the view for fans.
The North Stand is an exact carbon-copy of the South Stand opposite.
It is single tiered with the letters DONCASTER spelt out in white amongst the red seats, and it again uses an image of a person with arms out to form the letter T in black.
The northeast corner has an electronic scoreboard on the wall above it, and there are no supporting pillars coming down from the roof in this stand either.
The East Stand continues the single tier design of the rest of the interior, but has a row of executive boxes along the very back. The Club Doncaster executive seats can be found in a walled-off box down the very front, leaving visitors in there very close to the action on the pitch.
There are no supporting pillars coming down from the roof, ensuring a clear view of the game from any seat.
Away fans are housed behind the goal in the North Stand.
Depending on the allocation, just a couple of blocks are given to away supporters, whilst larger crowds are given the whole stand along with most of the northeast and northwest corners. Doncaster use stewards and large sheets to segregate the away fans from any home supporters nearby.
Views from anywhere inside this away section are perfectly clear as there are no supporting pillars coming down from roof.
Pubs available to supporters on a matchday include*:
-The Belle Vue Bar (Stadium Way, DN4 5JW) (Typically Home and Away Supporters) (Located at the Eco-Power Stadium itself)
-The Corner Pin (St Sepulchre Gate West, DN1 3AH) (Home and Away Supporters) (Located near Doncaster Station)
-The Draughtsman Alehouse (Platform 3 Doncaster Railway Station, DN1 1PE) (Home and Away Supporters) (Located within the Station itself)
-The Lakeside Beefeater (South Entry Drive, White Rose Way, DN4 5PJ) (Popular with Away Supporters) (Located within the Lakeside Village Shopping Outlet)
-The Leopard (2 West Street, DN1 3AA) (Typically Home and Away Supporters) (Located near Doncaster Station)
-The Railway Pub (West Street, DN1 3AA) (Typically Home and Away Supporters) (Located near Doncaster Station)
*The location of the Eco-Power Stadium limits the amount of pubs close to it. The recommendation therefore is to find a drink in more Central Doncaster and then make your way to the stadium from there.
The Eco-Power Stadium has a very nice balance to it both inside and out. You could buy a seat in any of the ground’s four stands and not feel like you’re missing out on a different experience of the game by being somewhere else.
Views are excellent from every side with no supporting pillars anywhere in sight, and the stadium is well placed for access by either car or public transport.
The Eco-Power Stadium is definitely a football ground worth coming to see a match at.
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