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Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough

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The Riverside Stadium is a football stadium in Middlesbrough, England, which has been the home of Middlesbrough F.C. since it opened in 1995. Its current capacity is 34,742 all seated, although there is provisional planning permission in place to expand that to 42,000 if required.HistoryThe stadium was built to replace Ayresome Park after the Taylor Report, which required all top division football stadia to be all-seater. After the report was delivered in January 1990, Middlesbrough needed an all-seater stadium by August 1994, and were unable to expand Ayresome Park outwards owing to its location in a residential area, and expanding the stadium upwards would have limited the club to a capacity of around 20,000 seats – the club wanted a considerably larger capacity. The decision was taken by club officials to build a new stadium; Teesside Development Corporation offered them the Middlehaven site by the River Tees for development.The new 30,000 seater stadium was constructed by Taylor Woodrow Construction for £16 million, taking approximately nine months to complete after work began in the autumn of 1994. The name of the stadium was chosen by the club's fans, following a vote during the final game at Ayresome Park. The other choices available were Middlehaven Stadium, Erimus Stadium and Teesside Stadium. When first opened, the name was amended to Cellnet Riverside Stadium (and then BT Cellnet Riverside Stadium) as part of a £3 million sponsorship deal with Cellnet, but this deal ended after the 2001–02 season.
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  • Even on a wet Teeside day , this is a nice stadium to visit. The staff are very welcoming on the all round viewing is very good. Parking for away fans is good and there's also parking available 20 min...  more »
  • The club proudly represents its area and in turn is reveered with a great fondness by its community. In an area that has had so much misfortune, the bond with the local team transcends such worries fo...  more »
  • As a rare visitor I didn't know the area or the stadium layout and there wasn't much in the way of help. Parking legally is difficult - it has to be in town but people seem to abandon their cars all o...  more »
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  • Went for Father Day Lunch which was a 3 course meal followed by a stadium tour. We were seated in one of the executive boxes for the meal which was absolutely fantastic. Top marks to the chef. The boys and girls who served us were very good too and brilliant with my 3 young sons. Loved the tour the guide was quality good banter as he took us round.
  • Outstanding ground and was interesting to see the bricks laid in the ground at the entrance including my mates late father a long time Boro supporter
  • It's my second home. Best atmosphere and fans and team. Come on Boro
  • It's my home town Club just love the the place pity the tram didn't have my feelings
  • Fantastic grounds! Friendly staff!!! Well organised during games absolutely fabulous.

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