12,000 seats at the New York Stadium
NO ONE has revealed whether New York City's famous fire hydrants have 'Made In Rotherham' stamped on them, but there's no reason why they shouldn't and they are the reason why Rotherham United's new home is called the New York Stadium.
Rotherham is in the heart of South Yorkshire steel country, and it was the Guest & Chrimes Foundry which got the lucrative contract at the turn of the century to supply the hydrants for the 'Big Apple'.
Guest & Chrimes are no longer, but it was the site of their factory which the Millers bought two-and-a-half years ago for their new ground.
Chairman Tony Stewart was the moving force behind the naming decision.
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After four years in exile at Sheffield's soulless Don Valley Stadium, the club finally returned 'home' this summer and moved into the £25 million 12,000-seater New York Stadium. The effect has been immediate. Gates are up from around 3,500 last season to more than 11,000 for their first two home games of this campaign.