Riverside Stadium

By Football Tripper

Last Updated: July 23, 2017

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Main entrance of Riverside Stadium

Stadium Overview

Team: Middlesbrough

Address: Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, TS3 6RS

Capacity: 34,742

Opened: 1995

The Riverside Stadium is a purpose built football ground located in the North Yorkshire town of Middlesbrough. Home to Middlesbrough F.C since first opening in 1995, the 35,742 capacity ground was constructed at a cost of £16 million which has since proven to be a great investment.

Stadium Guide

History

The inaugural fixture at The Riverside stadium was held against Chelsea on 26th August 1995, a team which would later go on to defeat Middlesbrough in the 1997 FA Cup final at Wembley. Attracting a record crowd of 28,286 fans – the largest in over 14 years, the move to the brand new ground coincided with the club’s return to the Premier League and kick-started an upward trajectory which marked a high-point in the club’s recent history.

Constructed as a direct response to the publication of the Taylor Report in 1990, Middlesbrough, along with Millwall who built The New Den, where one of the first clubs in England to build an all-seater stadium in order to comply with the new legislation. Previously the club had played at Ayresome Park, however the 1903 created ground was located in a resident area and even after expansion the ground would have struggled to reach a capacity of 20,000.

After being offered a piece of land on the southern bank of the River Tees, east of the city centre, the club hired Taylor Woodrow Construction to build the £16 million pound stadium. Constructed over a 32 week period beginning in the Autmun of 1994, the 30,000 capacity ground would later directly inspire Derby’s Pride Park Stadium which opened in 1997.

Initially known by the working title of Middlehaven Stadium after the local area fans were given the chance to choose the name during the Boro’s last ever match at Ayresome Park. The most popular name chosen in the polls was Riverside Stadium, and upon opening the ground was officially referred to as the Cellnet Riverside Stadium after the BT owned company signed a deal worth £3 million lasting until 2002.

Within five years of opening, The Riverside stadium was expanded at the start of the 1998/1999 season after the club gained promotion back to the Premier League. Costing £5 million the corners between the north and south-west stands were filled in, giving the ground its additional capacity of 5,000. If required in the future Middlesbrough already have planning permission to add another 7,000 seats to the ground which would increase the 34,742 capacity ground to 42,000.

Seating Plan

Below is a seating plan of Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium:
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Stands

Middlesbrough’s ground is comprised of the following four sections: North, East, South and West which is the main stand.

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Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand and to read a more detailed description of each part of the stadium.

Matchday Experience

Away Fans

Football fans who visit the Riverside stadium as away supporters are allocated tickets within the East Stand which runs for the length of the pitch opposite the main stand which contains the hospitality area and dugouts. The standard issue of 3,500 tickets for the visiting club are designated towards the south-stand, and could be described as being in the south-east corner.

As is the case for all parts of the stadium with the exception of the west stand, the east stand consists of a single-tier which is essentially divided into an upper and lower section. As a modern stadium, views throughout the riverside are uninterrupted, and the seats are both comfortable and as spacious as the distance trade-off from the pitch would allow.

After entering the East Stand via the electronic turnstile, fans enter a well-sized concourse which has a plentiful amount of food on offer ranging from the expected sausage rolls and burgers, to the local delicacy, “Parmo in a bun”. Toilet facilities are more than adequate, and overall Middlesbrough represents a decent day out for football fans across England.

Best Pubs

Around the ground itself there aren’t any independently run pubs which are suitable for football fans, as Brasserie Hudson Quay Bar-Restaurant appears to be the wrong type of place, although we’d be happy to be proven wrong.

For those who arrived by either car or coach this means that drinking inside is the only choice with there being a decent sized bar within the away concourse.

Near to the train station the range of drinking option are much greater with The Isaac Wilson and Dr Browns probably the best choice for the ale connoisseurs amongst us.

Food

Besides the usual range of fast-food options inside the stadium, there is a Mcdonald’s south-east of the ground which always does a roaring trade, as does the Nando’s near to the station.

If you are either travelling from town or the city centre then you are spoiled for choice as there is a slew of independent restaurants and recognisable high-street names like KFC, Subway and Sainsburys.

Club Shop

With the exception of the official online Store, the club store located at the Riverside is the best place for fans to lay their hands on all the latest Boro merchandise.

The club shop has the following opening times depending on home matches:

Non-Match Weeks

  • Monday to Saturday: 9.30 am to 5.00 pm
  • Sunday: 11.00 am to 3.00 pm

Match Weeks

  • Monday to Friday: 9.30 am – 5.00 pm
  • Saturday Matchday: 9.30 am to 3.00 pm and then 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm
  • Midweek Matchday: 9.30 am until kick-off
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The traditional club colours of The Boro: red and white.

Stadium Tour

It doesn’t appear as if Middlesbrough currently offer fans the chance to undertake a stadium tour of Riverside Stadium. If this changes, we’ll be sure to update this section.

Ticket Prices

Prices for the Middlesbrough home matches for the Championship are as follows:

North Stand, North East Corner

  • Adults: £29.00
  • Under 18’s: £16.00
  • Over 65’s: £19.00

North West and South West Corner

  • Adults: £29.00
  • Under 18’s: £16.00
  • Over 65’s: £19.00

East Lower

  • Adults: £29.00
  • Under 18’s: £16.00
  • Over 65’s: £19.00

East Upper

  • Adults: £31.00
  • Under 18’s: £16.00
  • Over 65’s: £23.00

South Stand

  • Adults: £26.00
  • Under 18’s: £16.00
  • 18s – 21s: £26.00
  • Over 65’s: £21.00

West Lower

  • Adults: £29.00
  • Under 18’s: £16.00
  • Over 65’s: £19.00

West Stand Upper

  • Adults: £33.00
  • Under 18’s: £16.00
  • Over 65’s: £25.00

Family Stand

  • Adults: £21.00
  • Under 18’s: £10.00
  • Over 65’s: £15.00

Tickets can be purchased via the usual channels such as in person at the club shop/ticket office, via the telephone (0844 499 1234) and online courtesy of the club’s official e-ticket store.

Matchday Travel

The Riverside stadium is located approximately 1 mile north-east of Middlesbrough city centre beyond the A66 dual carriageway on the southern bank of the River Tees.

The decorative Entrance to Middlesborough's Riverside stadium.

The decorative Entrance to Middlesbrough’s Riverside stadium.

Train

Middlesbrough train station is located exactly 0.9 miles west of the Riverside Stadium, with the walking distance likely to take the average fan well under 20 minutes.

To get there by foot, exit the station on Bridge Street East and travel along Dock Street towards the River Tees for the most scenic route to the stadium. Eventually you will come to the smaller Scott’s Road which will take you all the way to Boro’s ground, even crossing a bridge en route!

Bus

Middlesbrough FC’s official website states that there are buses which run from the town centre to the ground and besides this, there is no other information provided.

From doing a small bit of research it would appear as if the closest bus station to The Riverside is the stop outside Cineworld which is tucked southwards of the A66 and will leave you with a walk of around 10 minutes.

Buses which serve this route are as follows: 36, 37, 38, 456 and 611.

Driving

The stadium’s address for satnav is:

  • Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, TS3 6RS.
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Middlesbrough fans proudly cheering their club on in the Uefa Cup final.

Car Parks

There are a certain amount of spaces at the Riverside Stadium with the club asking vehicles to arrive at least one hour before kick-off with the adjacent Shepherdson Way road becoming pedestrianised from around 2.00pm onwards.

To ensure your parking space please phone the ticket office on 0844 499 1234 – a certain number of spaces are reserved for permit holders and you never know if the club will change their current policy on a match by match basis or not.

Hotels

The majority of hotels are located back towards Middlesbrough city centre beyond the A66 with The Thistle Hotel and Travelodge being two of the most central examples. There really isn’t that much choice around the stadium area with the usual suspects strangely absent.


By Football Tripper

Last Updated: July 23, 2017

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