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Keepmoat Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Doncastermarker, Englandmarker, with a capacity of 15,231. It cost approximately £32 million to construct and mainly used by Doncaster Rovers Football Club,but is also used by Doncaster Rugby League Club and Doncaster Rovers Belles Ladies Football Club.

It held its first sporting fixture on 27 December 2006, with the rugby league match between Doncaster and Sheffield Eagles.

The official opening of the Keepmoat Stadium was on 3 August 2007, with Doncaster Rovers playing a Manchester United XI in front of a crowd of 13,080. United won the game 2–0.


The stadium itself is sponsored under a long-term contract by Keepmoat, a company specialising in council housing. They have the rights to the naming of the stadium.

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 RLFC's academy team, and the Doncaster Mustangs American football team.

With these facilities in place, the Keepmoat has been picked as a potential training venue for athletes training in athletics for the 2012 Summer Olympics in Londonmarker.

The all-seater stadium holds 15,231 spectators, 5,000 more than Belle Vuemarker, 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 postponment of a match within the first year of full operation.


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.

Doncaster's first loss at the stadium came 5 days later at the hands of Bolton Wanderers when they defeated the Rovers 4-0 in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup.

Rugby League

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.

On Sunday 27 July 2008 the stadium hosted a semi-final of the Rugby League Challenge Cup between Hull and Wakefield Trinity. Hull beat Trinity 32–24.

The stadium hosted the opening match of the 2009 Gillette 4 Nations on Friday 23 October between co-hosts England and France attracting a crowd of 11,529.

Other events

There has 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 Elton John and his band.In September 2008, the stadium was used to host the BAFL (British American Football League) finals known as "Britbowl".

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