Dons: Northern Rail Cup semi NOT at Keepmoat

The Dons' Northern Rail Cup clash with Sheffield Eagles will take place at their neighbouring ground, Doncaster Athletics Stadium.
The Dons' Northern Rail Cup clash with Sheffield Eagles will take place at their neighbouring ground, Doncaster Athletics Stadium.

The Dons’ Northern Rail Cup semi final clash with Sheffield Eagles will NOT take place at their usual Keepmoat Stadium home.

The match will take place at the adjacent Doncaster Athletics Stadium on Friday June 28 with a 7.30pm kick off.

On-going pitch renovation by Rovers groundstaff will not be completed in time for the stadium to host next weekend’s game.

And after being told similar ground maintenance at the Knight’s Castle Park venue would also not be finished, the Dons turned to neighbours Doncaster Athletic Club in a bid to ensure there would be no need to reverse the fxiture.

Dons commercial manager Ray Green believes the occasions will still be a memorable one.

“We’ve done everything possible to keep this fixture in Doncaster and as close to the Keepmoat Stadium as possible,” he said.

“We appreciate that our fans have had to travel away to watch all of our cup games in 2013 and we certainly did not want to give up home advantage in a game as big as this.

“The athletics pitch is in great condition and is looked after by the Keepmoat staff, who have stressed that the pitch at the Keepmoat may look like a bowling green but the seeds need longer to become more deep rooted which will prolong the life of the surface.

“It should be a cracking South Yorkshire derby and I believe the athletics stadium will prove to be more than a suitable venue.”

Green expressed his thanks to Athletic Club chairman Kev Lincoln.

The main stand at the Athletics Stadium can seat around 500 supporters with further capacity for 2,000 more standing around the pitch.

Tickets will be available from the Keepmoat Stadium ticket office priced £12 adults, £8 concessions and £3 for 5-16s.

Refreshments will be available throughout the evening.

The Dons have confirmed their July 7 home game with Leigh Centurions will take place at the Keepmoat as planned.

For any further information about the clash with Sheffield Eagles contact the Dons on (01302) 765888.