Home of Reading FC

Opened 1998

Capacity 24,161

Rating: 4.3

(3630) Google Reviews

Could do with a better PA system, you can't understand a word. And there's no music or entertainment inside the ground. The food is the usual hot dog, nachos and pies. Friendly staff and clean toilets and eating areas. Seating area is very well maintained.
profile image
4 months ago
Always a good day out. Went to the preseason friendly between Reading and West Ham. There is a great feeling within the stadium and wherever you sit makes you feel a part of the game. If you do drive in be prepared to wait a while before being able to get out of the car park.
profile image
8 months ago
Been to number of football stadiums, such as Chelsea, Milan Sapporo, M.U. Although the size isn't as big as the others, still consider quite good. We were there to support a football match between Reading Vs Huddersfield. Lots of spectators, but not full. However, all sausages sold out very quick :( . Things that sell in the merchandise shop are very expensive. Their prices are as high as those clubs in Premier League. Last but not least, we were stuck in the car park for more than 40 min before we can get to the main road. Btw, it was 3 - 1😄
profile image
5 months ago
Always love coming here. Great stadium, good seating for fans and an exciting atmosphere.
profile image
5 months ago
I recently went to the match against Blackpool, as a neutral, as it was a ground I’d yet to tick off. It was easy enough to get to, pretty much straight off the M4. Car park was nice and easy (although I did book in advance) and a short walk to the ground. The ground is a bog standard modern type bowl sat in the middle of a retail park, so no pubs within walking distance and the atmosphere around the ground was non-existent. The stadium isn’t anything special, it’s a reasonable size, good views anywhere you sit, it feels modern yet tired and in need of investment, particularly outside. Approaching the ground, there was very little police presence, although it wasn’t really a fixture that you would expect trouble at and Reading fans are not really the sort anyway. Inside the ground there was a decent selection of beers and hot food, I opted for a chicken pie and a pint of Amstel, both were very nice and a reasonable price. I did notice they weren’t selling programmes which was really disappointing, and a Reading supporter I asked said they stopped doing them a few season ago much to annoyance of fans. The view from my seat (west stand) was great, and I felt really close to the action. Even though there were a few empty seats the atmosphere was cracking. The home supporters, particularly the ones in the south stand didn’t stop singing all game and were very good. I’ve been to 18 different grounds this season alone and the atmosphere was up there with the best of them - which I found pleasantly surprising. There was no singing in the west stand but plenty of shouting and the views are excellent. After the game it was easy getting out and within 15 minutes I was back on the M4. A very enjoyable experience.
profile image
a month ago
Be the first to comment!
0 / 1000
20 + 22 = ?

History (from Wikipedia)

In January 1990, the Taylor Report made all-seater stadiums compulsory in the top two divisions of English football for the 1994-95 season. Having played in the second tier of the English league several times before, Reading were champions of Division Two in 1994, and were promoted to Division One. 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.[4] The location of a closed landfill, the site was purchased for £1, on the condition that the team develop the A33 relief road.[5] Construction of the new stadium, which was undertaken by Birse Group,[6] was underway by 1997, and the last competitive match at Elm Park took place on 3 May 1998 against Norwich City, with Reading losing 1–0, having already been relegated to Division Two.[7]

Reading began the 
1998–99 season at the Madejski Stadium.[4] It was opened on 22 August 1998 when Luton Town were beaten 3–0 with Grant Brebner having the honour of scoring the first ever goal at the stadium. Plans for the stadium had first been unveiled some three years previously, when chairman John Madejski had decided that Elm Park was unsuitable for redevelopment as an all-seater stadium and that relocation to a new site was necessary. Following the death of academy manager Eamonn Dolan in 2016, Reading announced that the North Stand would now be renamed The Eamonn Dolan Stand.[8]

Structure and facilities[edit]

The stadium cost more than £50m to build and the pitch incorporates a system of synthetic fibres interwoven with natural grass, installed at a cost of more than £750,000.[3]

The Eamonn Dolan Stand capacity is said to be 4,946 including 25 spaces for wheelchairs.[9] Although in use for all Reading matches, the stand was normally closed for London Irish and only opened in exceptional circumstances where demand required.

The South Stand has a capacity of 4,350 including 29 wheelchair spaces and is where visiting supporters sit for Reading games. The initial allocation visiting teams receive is 2,327 and is the half of the stand joining onto the East Stand. Under the terms of their original lease, London Irish only utilised the South Stand for the most popular matches. However, with the original renegotiation and extension of the lease, the South Stand was used for all London Irish matches with an unreserved seating plan. London Irish sold season tickets for South Stand between 
2008 and 2014-15. Since 2015, with falling attendance at London Irish, the South Stand remained closed for rugby and only opened if required.

The East Stand has a capacity of 7,286 including 18 spaces for wheelchairs.
[9] The stand also contains the stadium's video screen which is located in the corner adjoining the South Stand. The stand was open for all London Irish fixtures only until the end of the 2015-16 season and again for the 2017-18 season and 2019-20 seasons.

The West Stand, the stadium's main stand, has a capacity of 7,579 including 15 wheelchair spaces and contains a lower and an upper tier. The upper level does not overhang the lower tier and the executive boxes are located between the two tiers. The tunnel and 
dugouts are located in this stand. During the 2016-17 and 2018-19 seasons, the West Stand was the only stand in regular use for London Irish home games. The outside of the stand contains the Millennium Madejski Hotel.

Things to do in Reading.

Sweeney & Todd.

47 Reviews
Photo of Darren C.

Great real ales and definitely the greatest pies in the Universe..... Friendly, helpful staff. Nice, cosy atmosphere. Read More

Photo of Tanya P.

Fabulous pies. Bought several to freeze. Just as good when reheated. Will definitely return for more. Read More

Photo of John Charles G.

Haven't actually eaten there but the pies they sell to take away are miles better than anything from a supermarket. Read More

The Ale House.

23 Reviews
Photo of Kevin J.

An oasis of Real Ale and superb ciders set in the heart of chav-town. There are little nooks and crannies to sit in, no phones allowed in the bar and a... Read More

Photo of Ana A.

A tiny pub with a good selection of ales, popular among locals. It doesn't have a whole lot of seating available but it makes up for it with its outdoor... Read More

Photo of trisha o.

I think this picture says everything. They don't even make fun of Americans who don't have a pin and have to sign the receipt: a lot of fun beers and very... Read More