The Millers will dedicate their Sky Bet Championship home clash against Watford to supporting the Level Playing Field Weeks of Action and will don t-shirts in support of the campaign - proudly sporting the LPF logo - prior to kick off at AESSEAL New York Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Rotherham United are incredibly proud to be reaffirming the club’s commitment to providing an environment in which everyone can enjoy football here at AESSEAL New York Stadium, by using this year’s Level Playing Field Weeks of Action to unveil our new matchday facility for disabled supporters.
Going right back to when the designs of our new home were conceived, we have always looked to ensure that AESSEAL New York Stadium offers everyone the opportunity to watch the Millers in both comfort and safety.
Whilst our disabled facilities have come in for praise from both home and away supporters alike in the past, we are always looking at ways in which we can improve our matchday experience across the board.
Through the foundation of the Rotherham United Disabled Supporters’ Association we have been able to take on board feedback from our own fans on the matter, and as a result, have amended a number of our practices in line with their suggestions.
One such issue which has come to the fore more recently has been the suggestion of a facility that disabled fans can enjoy prior to our home games and as part of this year’s Level Playing Field Weeks of Action, we are delighted to unveil that this is something that we will be offering fans when they are able to safely return to stadiums following the coronavirus pandemic.
Working closely with our Community Sports Trust, the Millers will be offering access to the meeting room belonging to Distinction Training – who have very kindly made provisions to make this available for every one of our home fixtures.
Use of the room will mean that we can provide disabled supporters with a warm and comfortable environment in which to enjoy the build-up to matches at AESSEAL New York Stadium. The ground floor space has its own accessible toilet facility.
Rotherham United Head of Community Jamie Noble, who has been instrumental in making the suggestion from RUDSA a reality, explained that the club’s latest initiative is further evidence of the great strides it has taken in recent years to maximise AESSEAL New York Stadium to cater for everyone both on matchdays and through the week.
“The Level Playing Field campaign is one that we are very much behind here at Rotherham United and their Weeks of Action are always a great way to showcase the work we do for our disabled supporters."
“At just under 10-years-old our stadium is comparatively very new compared to many around the country, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t look to improve on the already excellent facilities we have here year-on-year.
“We are incredibly proud to have established a well-supported and innovative disabled supporters’ association of our own and greatly value the feedback that we receive from them every time we meet.
“One of the matters which has been discussed more recently is the proposition of providing a room for disabled fans to enjoy before home matches and following a number of chats within the club and with our friends at Distinction Training, we are delighted to say that we have made this a possibility."
“We understand that some of our disabled supporters have to arrive at the ground in plenty of time ahead of kick off and we are now able to make sure that the wait for 3pm is that little bit more comfortable.
“On behalf of everyone at Rotherham United, I would like to say a huge thank you to Distinction Training for ensuring that the space is available on matchdays for us moving forwards.
“All that is left to do now is to wait for the day on which we can safely welcome the Millers fans back to AESSEAL New York Stadium on matchdays.”