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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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  • I'm a Newcastle fan looking fowards to the 3rd and final game out of an extremely important week Travelling to the game is a nightmare, the stadium is extremely hard to get to as it's in the middle of...  more »
  • A reasonable venue with hotel complex on the side. Small club shop open most days. Drinks in the hotel bar (open to the public) are very expensive. The stadium does have the Jazz Café on the outside a...  more »
  • Other than stewards usually thinking they have too much power and the food being expensive it is a great day out. Toilets are what you would expect from an above average team.  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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