The Riverside Stadium is a football stadium in Middlesbrough, England, which has been the home of Middlesbrough F.C. since it opened in 1995.
The stadium was built to replace Ayresome Park after the Taylor Report, which required all top division football stadiums to be all-seater. Its current capacity is 34,000 all seated, although there is provisional planning permission in place to expand that to 42,000 if required.
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The Riverside Stadium has a current capacity of 34,988 all seated, although there is provisional planning permission in place to expand that to 42,000 if required.
It was the first stadium designed and constructed to comply with the Taylor Report following the Hillsborough disaster and, at the time, was the biggest new arena to be built in England since World War II. The stadium offers unrestricted view of the playing area from every seat.
Up to 4,000 visiting supporters can be catered for in the south stand behind one of the goals. The views of the action are unrestricted and facilities and refreshments are very good.
Street parking is available up near the A66 turn off but is approximately a 15-minute walk to the ground. Along the river, there are many private car parks mostly charging between £4 and £5. However, it can be a nightmare to get out afterwards from any of these unless you're able to get back before the main rush.
The stadium is about one mile from the town centre you could also consider parking in a long stay car park in the town centre (about a 15-20-minute walk away from the ground).
In the town centre is best. Here you'll find many pubs and fast food restaurants. There are very few local pubs to mention and most choose to get a drink in the town centre before and after games. The main pub normally for away fans is Doctor Browns, which a ten minute walk away from the ground at the bottom of Corporation Road, in the town centre. However for certain high profile games, this pub reverts to home supporters only. This pub serves real ale, has SKY TV and on my last visit had a good mix of home and away fans, both inside and outside of the pub.
I have been to the Riverside Stadium once as a Southampton fan. Below was the result:
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