Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough

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 34,000 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 stadiums 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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  • Ok, I'll sound a bit biased here (as a Boro fan) but this is an amazing stadium the 16/17 premier league season created a buzzing atmosphere in a relatively small ground. The seats are very comfortabl...  more »
  • The Generation Red Family Zone offers excellent value for money tickets, child-friendly refreshments and a range of activities and distractions to keep kids entertained and engaged, allowing adults to...  more »
  • Came for the Father's Day Sunday Day Lunch and was not disappointed at all! Food was great, followed by a tour of the ground and media centre.  more »
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  • A place very close to my heart which always brings a shiver to my spine when I get to pitch level. Lots of great memories here but also some tough ones too but that is what happens when you support a "real" club...
  • Been to a few events here. Facilities are good, for the most part staff are friendly and helpful. WiFi just isn't capable of large numbers of concurrent users (but large events are held there) and some staff are is desperate need of some soft skills training.
  • 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.
  • Staff polite and very helpful explaining procedures for buying disabled tickets. Keep up the good work guys #UTB
  • The best stadium in the North, cracking fans and love the history behind it.

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