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Madejski Stadium, Reading

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The Madejski Stadium is a football stadium located in Reading, Berkshire, England. It is the home of Reading Football Club playing in the Football League Championship and the rugby union club London Irish as tenants. It also provides the finish for the Reading Half Marathon. The stadium is named after Reading's chairman Sir John Madejski. It is an all-seater bowl stadium with a capacity of 24,161 and is located close to the M4 motorway. It is built on the site of a former household waste dump and is surrounded by methane vents. The West Stand contains the Millennium Madejski Hotel.The stadium was opened on 22 August 1998 and replaced Elm Park as Reading's home ground.HistoryIn 1994, the Taylor Report made all-seater stadiums compulsory in the top two divisions (the Premier League and the First Division). Reading were champions of the Second Division in 1994, and were promoted to the first division. Reading became subject to the Taylor requirements. Converting Elm Park to an all-seater stadium was not practical, so a location in Smallmead (to the south of the town) was identified as the site for a new stadium. The location of a closed landfill, the site was purchased for £1, on the condition that the team develop the A33 relief road. The last competitive match at Elm Park took place on 3 May 1998 against Norwich City, with Reading losing 0–1.
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  • Spent Wednesday evening in Reading to watch London Irish v Yorkshire at the Madejski Stadium.Great game but had to say how poor the refreshments were. After a 4 hour journey we had to wait 20 minutes ...  more »
  • what a great venue to be the home of a promising team, thanks to the man who made it happen,town will always remember his good deed.  more »
  • This is a modern stadium, less than 20 years, and designed from the bottom up. Facillities are good for away supporters, with good view behind the goals, bar and food services are well staffed with th...  more »
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  • Nice open venue with good views of the pitch - We visit here regularly for the London Irish - nice stadium but poorly lacking on the bar front, you could miss half a game if you queue on a busy day. Atmosphere good with larger crowds.
  • Easily accessible. First class staff. Genuine friendly and town orientated club. Good all round facilities
  • Good catering and toilet facilities all around the stadium, excellent on and off site parking, match day bus connection to the rail network. comfortable seating, superb view.
  • Good stadium highly equipped with easy to navigate rows to get to your seat. Games are often filmed and Reading may go into the premier league so you'll have a premier league team near by which would generate lots of attention
  • I've only ever been to carry out maintenance so possibly deserves a higher score

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