Rovers fans can expect plenty of changes when they head to the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday for the season opener against Gillingham with a live trial of contactless technology in catering outlets.
Following a busy summer period, Rovers have been able to implement a series of changes across the Club Doncaster Sports Park and Cantley Park in a busy summer of activity.
Contactless Technology has been brought in across the stadium and following successful trials in a sterile environment will undergo live trialling at the match tomorrow in the South, East and North stand, with the expectation that it will be rolled out throughout the stadium (including West Stand) at the Fleetwood fixture on Saturday 17th August.
Supporters are also encouraged to visit the new Club Store, following the summer refurbishment by new kit provider Elite Pro Sports. In addition to a wide range of kit, training, leisure wear and merchandise, the store now features a history time line and plenty of photo opportunities.
Among further changes to the ground are the introduction of the memory wall in the freshly painted Belle Vue Bar, where supporters can pay tribute to loved ones by donating a framed shirt with their relatives names.
Pitch Renovation has also taken place at both Keepmoat Stadium and the Elite Performance Centre at Cantley Park, with a series of improvements made to both training and playing facilities to benefit both the first team and youth team at Doncaster Rovers.
Head of stadium and operations, Marie Hepburn said: “Contactless worked well during a sterile test and so the next stage of implementation is at the match tomorrow where we can test in the live environment. Whilst we don’t expect any problems, we do advise supporters to bring cash as well as card - just in case. The development is one of a series of changes to catering to take place over the summer, with additional product ranges across food and drink.
“Due to the successful Emirates FA Cup run last season and further investment from the owners, we’ve been able to make even more improvements to the infrastructure of the stadium and training facilities that we usually do.
“It’s been a challenge to schedule the work in, as during the two months between our play-off fixture with Charlton and first pre-season friendly over 50 additional events took place at the Stadium and so organising when projects can take place is a difficult task. As a consequence, some work will continue to take place right up to kick off on Saturday with further improvements being made throughout August and September months, with cleaning and replacing banners around the stadium being examples of projects that are continuous.”