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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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  • Visited last weekend to watch the rugby with my family . Great views from everywhere as given the size of the crowd moving seats was easy . Shame they don't do hot drinks at the bar so had to queue tw...  more »
  • Went to my first game at this stadium a few weeks ago to watch AVFC win for their first game in about 100 years. What a contrast to the old decrepit ground Reading used to play at. It's a modern groun...  more »
  • Watched Reading easily beat Nottingham Forest. I watched Reading years ago at the decrepit Elm Park ground and the Madejski Stadium is quite a different experience. Easy to get to, very easy going fan...  more »
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  • Good clean modern ground with reasonably priced refreshments served from plenty of counters. Seats well spaced with excellent views. One issue PA system was too loud so you couldn't talk to each other.
  • One of the newer football stadiums that's been built next to a shopping centre. Good views and facilities. Short drive off the M4.
  • A properly family friendly venue. Staff are great too.
  • Great views from all areas of the stadium, even the restricted view seats are pretty good. Hot chocolate is not bad, especially on a cold evening. Level of football is mixed, hopefully we will have a better season this year!
  • It's a stadium, not. Much else to be said. Good beer, it's big