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Madejski Stadium, Reading

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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  • 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 »
  • Went to the conference a bit lost and ended up in the shop. The staff were really helpful. The food served intheci conference was really really good! They cater for allergies. There was plenty of rooms to use. Again, the staff within were very friendly and helpful. Plenty of toilets. Have been to a few conferences and sometimes not enough toilets which is a real pain! Would highly recommend using this place. Plus it too far from motor way.
  • Went to support Gloucester Rugby against London Irish. Good rugby venue unlike most football grounds. Close to the play and good visibility all round. Good amenities at reasonable prices. Only down side was trying to get out of the car parks.
  • Lovely hotel. Easy to get to from M4 motorway. Room very comfortable and the staff friendly and helpful. Enjoyed my 2 night stay.
  • Great stadium. Poor catering. I started queuing 5 minutes before half time, get to the front of the queue after the second half has started to be told they have sold out of hot dogs and all other warm food
  • Went to the Jazz Cafe. Nice place.the layout is long rectangular and not the classic squayish which makes it difficult to entertain a big group in an engaging way. For called parties, it's decent with a nice feel up it.
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