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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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  • Had a great day out at the Madejski Stadium. the crowd was great and the lots of fun to be had. Really thought that the venue is easy to get to and we actually stayed nearby, highly recommend for a da...  read more »
  • I was in Reading to bring my partner to a conference held here. Not being involved with the event, i was left with around six hours to kill and I planned to travel in to town to explore. Having ensure...  read more »
  • This is a modern stadium I believe is based on Pride Park, Good all round seating in a grounds that holds in the cheers ..... when they get them! Parking can be a little awkard and may involve walking...  read more »
  • 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!
  • Amazing Academy,great facilities, future talent, coaches really friendly, food is delicious and classy. Stadium very nice amazing atmosphere .
  • I attended Wasps vs Saracens 23/04/2016. We were encouraged by the stewards to move into the stadium, rather than eat and drink outside, only to find that there was little hot food available and long queues for drinks inside. Although the stadium wasn't filled to capacity, it seemed to surprise the staff that fans would want to eat - very poor preparation. The sinks in the ladies toilets weren't draining an hour before kick-off so there was obviously a problem that hadn't been examined by the staff. This then culminated in the drains overflowing and raw sewerage seeping up from the floor and spreading out into the concourse. Staff didn't seem to know what to do and were redirecting ladies away from other toilets towards the toilets with the problem. Absolutely disgracefully handled by staff and a vile experience for fans.
  • Watch London Irish here on community seating. Great price and great atmosphere
  • It's a lovely stadium but less than half full for a rugby match which has a negative effect on the atmosphere. Queuing times for the bar are ridiculously long.
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