The Keepmoat Stadium and surrounding areas have been designated as an Asset of Community Value (ACV), following a successful application to Doncaster Council by the Viking Supporters Co-operative (VSC).
VSC officials today hailed the application’s success and said it would aid the development of sport in Doncaster.
Doncaster Rovers took over the running of the council-owned Keepmoat Stadium on a 99-year lease in 2012.
Should the council wish to sell all or part of the stadium complex, they will now have to inform the VSC.
The VSC would then have the opportunity to lodge a non-binding expression of interest, or be given four and a half months to develop a bid and raise the necessary capital to purchase on behalf of the community.
A statement from the VSC said: “In our view, this is fantastic news for Doncaster Rovers supporters in particular, but will also help ensure that the stadium area remains available for fans of all the Doncastrian sporting clubs who use the facilities.
“The Keepmoat Stadium complex is vital for the continued development of those clubs and this ACV gives supporters and the wider Doncaster community a say in what happens should the council agree to sell it.”
The VSC made the application to Doncaster Council under the 2011 Localism Act.
When launching the Localism Act in 2011, Secretary of State Eric Pickles said: “Football stadiums are not only the heart and soul of every team, they are rooted in and loved by the neighbourhoods that surround them.”
The Keepmoat Stadium, which opened in December 2006, now shares ACV status with grounds including Old Trafford, Anfield and Leicester City’s King Power Stadium.
The ACV will remain in place for five years and the VSC have vowed to re-apply in 2019.