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Madejski Stadium, Reading

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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.
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  • Joined my other half on a rare visit to the stadium (taking the place of my season ticket holder daughter) Very impressive stadium - great views - especially from our seats (on the centre line) midway...  more »
  • The good, decent views and lots off legroom and a decent burger van outside. The bad, soulless, no noise no nothing and 3 miles from anything! What's happening to the football we loved?  more »
  • Our visit to the Madejski Stadium was to watch a Championship match in January 2018. The stadium is conviently located off of Junction 11 of the M4 but car parking can be an issue during match days, w...  more »
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  • 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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