The Madjeski 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.Plan to visit Madejski Stadium and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Reading attractions using our Reading road trip planner .
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I've visited this stadium for a couple of non-sporting related events. It has a lot of shops and cafes nearby and a bus that runs from central Reading. The ground itself has an older, rectangular arch... more »
visited Saturday 10/3/18 for the Reading v Leeds game, easy access from the coach, stewards friendly, inside gate 10 typical area with bar, plenty of tv screens, nice touch showing top 100 Leeds goals... more »
This was my first visit to a major football stadium. The stadium is modern and the staff are friendly and helpful. I was a guest in Hospitality which made the afternoon even better. The food was excel... more »
A great stadium for a great (rugby and football) team. Easy access from the motorway or from Reading itself. If driving in, get there early as on-site parking fills up quickly, but there is also parking 500 meters away. There are also frequent bus services from town and outlying areas which tend to have priority when leaving the stadium. There are good burger and fast food fans on site during match days and are relatively good very for money, better than inside the stadium itself. Gift shop is very busy but queues are short with very efficient staff. The stadium gates are clearly marked and easy to access with helpful stewards throughout. Inside, the seats are comfortable if a little cramped up in the higher rows. Even in the top rows the action is visible on the pitch.
I was working at the stadium during a rugby game. All staff are friendly and approachable. There are lots of bathrooms located all around the stadium. The whkle place is tidy, well kept and clean.
Great stadium, with brilliant facilities. The atmosphere could be better but it is still a great place to go. Now has a local ale (Good old Boy) as an option to drown your sorrows...
Excellent location if Reading is a convenient place for a meeting. Go left at reception and keep going... No... Not there... Keep going...! And there you are... A lovely spacious area for meetings with excellent coffee... Who could ask for anything more...!
Loved the stay. A bit apart from the city center but bus stop is in walking distance.
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