Construction on the future home of Rotherham United Football Club is nearing completion.

Steelwork for the 12,000-seater New York Stadium, has been erected, the roof is almost on and the pitch is being drained in preparation for new turf being laid. The £17m venue occupies a central position in Rotherham town centre, on the site of the former Guest and Chrimes foundry.

Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart told BBC News that the central location made it ideal for access. “It will help the town tremendously regarding visitors," he said. "Everything's coming together for Rotherham as a town and as a football club.

"Most football clubs struggle to afford their own existence so we thought we would put effort into a seven day a week functionality," he said. "We're planning banqueting, weddings, conferences, a gym, hotel and pub."

The name came about because the stadium is said to be placed in an area of Rotherham which manufactured fire hydrants for New York City.

United will leave its temporary home at Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield at the end of the season with the formal opening of the New York Stadium planned for 11 July 2012.

Posted on 15/03/2012