12,009 seats was ample for much of Rotherham's League Two campaign, but as we're moving into our League One season some are wondering - is it enough?
A few years ago, if you'd have said Rotherham United would get an all-new 'state of the art' 12,009 capacity stadium, I would've thought you were mad!
But now, as we progress through our first League One campaign into the New York Stadium, some, like myself are pondering as to whether it's big enough to meet demand.
Last season at big games many fans missed out because there weren't enough tickets and by moving up a division, attendances are expected to, and already are, rising. This will make it even harder for fans to attend games. I myself know a few Millers who missed our Capital One Cup victory over local rivals simply because they couldn't get tickets.
Of course an extension will not be cheap but it'll basically pay for itself, as more seats means more tickets available. I'm sure many fans wouldn't mind increased ticket prices - by a small amount of money - if needs be to help the extension.
Our Chairman Tony Stewart has already invested millions of pounds into the club and cannot, and shouldn't be, expected to pay lots more of his own money for this renovation. After all he is already spending lots of his money on the squad, and of course he has his own business to take care off.
You must also take into account that bigger away supports that can be expected. Teams like Bradford City and Wolverhampton Wanderers are sure to bring bumper away followings so in my eyes a extension would be necessary.
Perhaps all the stands could be levelled. A capacity of 16,000 would seem ideal for the Millers. It's enough to meet the demand and wouldn't look as empty when attendances are slightly lower.
Especially as you can see the East Stand on 'The Football League Show' - this could affect how other supporters perceive our stadium as it is the smaller than all of the other stands.
I think the Board should at least consider a re-development or extension which I'm sure would benefit and secure a bright future for the club.
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