As away trips go it’s ideal for a weekday evening, measuring in at about 120 miles. It’s also pretty straight forward to get to. As ever it’s down the A1(M) until you meet up with the M18. Head eastbound on the M18 for about a mile and leave at J3 (A6182). The ground is signposted from the motorway but in case you miss them, follow the A6182 into Doncaster, go straight over the first island, take the 2nd exit at the second island, and take the 3rd exit at the third island. Easy.
There is a car park at the ground although it can only hold 1,000 cars so on busy match days it can fill up pretty quickly. All around the ground are industrial units that offer parking and if you get there early enough you may even find yourself some street parking. Don’t park in the Lakeside shopping area though as this will be patrolled by traffic officers.
Being a new ground situated on the outskirts of the city, there aren’t really many pubs nearby. There is a Beefeater on the shopping park and a Holiday Inn which you’ll see as you leave the motorway. Other than that, the city centre is about a 20-30 minute walk away or you can just enjoy a pint inside the ground.
A bit to eat?
Again there isn’t much. The Beefeater I pointed out above as well as some fast food outlets on the shopping park are about all your going to get outside of the ground. Otherwise it’s a case of grabbing a pie inside the ground.
There really isn’t much else to say about going to Doncaster. I was working there last week so went and had a quick drive around to see what was going on and there isn’t much, unless you have a penchant for trains! There should be around 3,000 Newcastle fans there on the night and let’s hope the team can give them, and all of us for that matter, something to be happy about.
Howay the lads!