Madejski Stadium

Capacity24 161
67 (Disabled seats)
4946 (North stand)
4350 (South stand)
7286 (East stand)
7579 (West stand)
Country England
CityReading
ClubsReading FC
Inauguration 22.08.1998 (Reading - Luton Town)
Cost Ł50 mln
Record attendance 24,060 (Reading - Wolverhampton, 2003)
Address Bennett Road, Reading, RG2 0FL

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Description: Madejski Stadium

The stadium was built in 1998 after the previous ground at Elm Park was judged as unsuitable for redevelopment. The erection cost over Ł50 million and the result are stands encircling the pitch. Three of the have single tiers, while the main grandstand on the West side is divided into two levels of regular seats. Between these skyboxes were constructed and on the outside the Millennium Madejski Hotel was built, connected to the ground.

Official name derives from club’s president sir John Madejski who is responsible for Reading FC getting a new ground. And though the rugby side London Irish are also tenants of the stadium, the football club’s needs always come first. When the club was playing its sole Premier League season to date, it was sold out almost all the time. An idea to increase capacity to 36,900 seats came up and soon earned planning permission. However due to relegation and decreased interest of fans plans were put on hold.

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