Riverside Stadium

Capacity: 35,100 (all seated)
Address: Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS3 6RS
Telephone: 0844 499 6789
Fax: 01642 757 690
Ticket Office: 0844 499 1234
Stadium Tours: 0844 499 6789
Pitch Size: 115 x 75 yards
Club Nickname: Boro
Year Ground Opened: 1995
Shirt Sponsors: Ramsdens
Kit Manufacturer: Adidas
Home Kit: All Red
Away Kit: Navy Blue and Grey Hoops

External View
External View
East Stand
East Stand
North Stand
North Stand
West Stand
West Stand
South Stand
South Stand
George Hardwick Statue
George Hardwick Statue
Wilf Mannion Statue
Wilf Mannion Statue
Ayresome Park Gates
Ayresome Park Gates

The Club moved to the Riverside Stadium in 1995 after leaving its former home of Ayresome Park where it had played since 1903. The stadium is totally enclosed, after the previous open corners to either side of the West Stand were 'filled in' with seating in 1998. All the stands are two-tiered, although the West Stand is slightly larger than the other three sides, which makes the overall appearance of the stadium look somewhat imbalanced. This stand also has a row of executive boxes running across its middle and has the players tunnel and team dugouts in front. The roof around the stadium is raised up above the seating areas to allow more light to get to the pitch, through perspex panels located between the roof and the back of the seating areas. There is also a large video screen situated in the South East corner.

Although the stadium looks a little bland on the inside, externally it looks great. This is especially so at night, when the stadium is illuminated and is visible from some miles around. Outside the main entrance you will find a pair of statues dedicated to two former Boro greats; George Hardwick & Wilf Mannion. In between the statues are the old entrance gates to Ayresome Park, which is a nice link with the Club's history.

Away supporters have now been moved to one side of the East Stand (towards the South East corner) at one side of the stadium  Up to 3,500 fans can be accommodated in this area. The turnstiles are electronic which means that you have to insert your ticket in a reader, to gain entry. Once inside then the leg room is okay and the view from the away section is excellent. There is a SportingBet bookies outlet available and there are a number of flat screen televisions, showing Sky Sports (and the match itself once it has kicked off). The catering had a fair choice of grub on offer, including the intriguingly named 'Parmo in a bun'. Apparently this is inspired by the local Middlesbrough dish that consists mostly of chicken in breadcrumbs, creamy sauce and cheese, it costs £3.80. For the less adventurous then there is the regular fayre of; Cheeseburgers (£3.50), Burgers (£3.20), Hot Dogs (£3.50), Pizza (£2.90), Chicken Balti Pies (£2.80), Cheese & Onion Pasties (£2.80) and Minced Beef Pies (£2.80).

In an effort to boost atmosphere inside the ground the Club have encouraged a singing section in the South Stand which is called the 'Red Faction'. Including a drummer and looking colourful with flags and banners, they try and sing for the whole match. They certainly are noisy!

One thing to point out is that there is very little in the way of pubs or eating establishments nearby, so you will need to head into the town centre for these.

Chris Taylor, recommends Doctor Browns, a ten minute walk away from the ground at the bottom of Corporation Road, in the city centre. 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. On the corner opposite the pub, is also a sandwich bar, which was doing a brisk trade in amongst other things, trays of roast potatoes and gravy. To find this pub; If you were standing outside the stadium with the main entrance behind you, head over to your left and turn right down the road, going under a bridge. A little way down this road on your left, there is an underpass (there is usually some programme & fanzine sellers standing by its entrance). Go down through the underpass and as you emerge on the other side turn right and go down the road and through another underpass. You will emerge in a small retail park (there is a McDonalds over on your right), which you walk through unto you come to a main road. Turn right along this road and you will see the Doctor Browns pub over on your left. Dave Ellis a visiting Leicester City fan informs me; 'We found a pub called "The Lord Byron" on Dock Street, which is only around a five minute walk away from the ground. It was reasonably priced i.e a pint of Carling at £2.70 a pint or £10 for a 4 pint jug. It had a very friendly atmosphere and kids were welcome too!'

Otherwise, there is a bar at the back of the away stand within the ground which serves pints of John Smiths Bitter (£3.50), Fosters Lager (£3.70), Bulmers Cider (Bottle £3.70) and Wine (Small bottle £3.60).

It is quite easy to find. Just follow the A66 (signposted Teesside from the A1) past Darlington's new ground and on into Middlesbrough. Carry on up the A66, through the centre of Middlesbrough and you will pick up signs for the Riverside Stadium. There is a small amount of parking available at the stadium itself (in Car Park E). It costs £6 per car and spaces can be booked through the ticket office. Otherwise there are a number of private parks located (mostly on waste land) nearby. Also when you reach the turn off the A66 (as signposted) for the stadium, then rather than at the top of the slip road turning left towards the stadium, then instead if your turn right to go back across the A66, then there is plenty of street parking available in this area. It is then about a 15-20 minute walk to the away turnstiles.

Jerry Hill adds; 'I would suggest that away fans should follow the route marked "away coaches" from the A66, as this passes many private car parks along the river, all priced at £4'. Bear in mind though that if you do park at one of these car parks, then it may take 45 minutes or so after the game, before you can exit them. Otherwise, as 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).

Post Code for SAT NAV: TS3 6RS

The ground is around a 15-20 minute walk from Middlesbrough railway station which is located on Albert Road. Although there is a direct train service from the North West, fans travelling from other parts of the country, will most likely find themselves changing at Darlington, for Middlesbrough.  

If you come out of the main station entrance, turn left onto Zetland Road. Then left again into Albert Road and proceed under the railway bridge. Turn immediately right into Bridge Street East, going past the Bridge pub (not recommended for away fans) and then take the next right into Wynward Way. The stadium is down this road. If you come out of the rear station entrance, turn right onto Bridge Street East. Go straight past the Bridge pub and then take the next right into Wynward Way for the ground. The stadium is visible in the distance along most of this route. Thanks to Glenn Brunskill for providing these directions.

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The nearest airport is Teeside which is located just under 13 miles away, just outside Darlington. To get to the stadium it may be an idea to head into Darlington and then take a train to Middlesbrough, or to get a taxi from to airport to Middlesbrough which would cost around £20.

Official Programme: £3.
Fly Me To The Moon Fanzine: £1

Sunderland and Newcastle United.

Home Fans
West Stand Upper Tier: Adults £33, Over 65's £25, Under 18's £16
West Stand Lower Tier: Adults £29, Over 65's £19, Under 18's £16
East Stand Lower Tier: Adults £29, Over 65's £19, Under 18's £16
Stadium Corners: Adults £29, Over 65's £19, Under 18's £16
North & South Stands: Adults £26, Over 65's £19, Under 18's £16
Family Area: Adults East Stand Upper Tier: Adults £21, Over 65's £15, Under 18's £10

Away Fans
East Stand Upper Tier: Adults £31, Over 65's £23, Under 18's £16
East Stand Lower Tier: Adults £29, Over 65's £19, Under 18's £16

Middlesbrough FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

At The Riverside:
35,000 England v Slovakia
Euro 2004 Qualifier, June 11th 2003. 

At the Riverside (For A Middlesbrough Game): 
34,836 v Norwich City,
Premier League, December 28th 2004. 

At Ayresome Park:
53,536 v Newcastle United,
Division One, December 27th, 1949.

Average Attendance: 
2013-2014: 15,748 (Championship League)
2012-2013: 16,794 (Championship League)
2011-2012: 17,558 (Championship League)


For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the  Level Playing Field website.

The Club conduct tours of the stadium on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays plus Sundays. The tours cost £6 for adults and £3 for senior citizens and children. Tours must be booked in advance on 0844 499 6789.

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Middlesbrough v  Preston North End
Capital League Cup 2nd Round
Tuesday 26th August 2014, 7.45pm
Paul Willott (Preston North End fan)

I couldn't honestly say that I was brimming with excitement before I embarked upon this trip; the League Cup engenders a mixture of responses depending on a clubs aspirations and I for one fervently hope that this season is one that Preston North End will remember for a successful promotion campaign from the third tier of English league football, and therefore cup runs are much more of a "nice-to-have".  However, it was to be my first "fix" of football for the new season, and as much as it might "only" have been the League Cup, I was intrigued to see how the squad that has started the season quite well would fare against a team from the Championship. 

Hence I departed from Kent, and running via Croydon to collect my travelling companion, commenced the drive North which once we'd escaped the stop-start clutches of the bedeviled M25 went fairly smoothly.

Upon arrival on Teeside, we swung onto the A66 from the A19 and soon spotted the quite imposing Riverside stadium to our left.  First impressions certainly count, we certainly agreed that it looked quite striking from the outside, and that pictures on the internet don't really do the place justice.

As per the guide, I was planning on turning to the right once trundling up the ramp upon leaving the main A66 to try to find some on-street parking in the residential areas, but noticed that there was seemingly some spaces for parking on grass verges closer to the stadium, so chanced our luck and found a spot so got parked quite close to the ground and saved ourselves a few bob!

The Riverside continues to impress as you approach on foot; first there is the impressive statues of former 'Boro greats such as Wilf Mannion, then there is also the former main gates of Ayresome Park sited in front of the stadium which is a nice touch, and a link to the clubs former home. Furthermore, one thing that certainly struck me was that the ground, despite being some 20 years old, is in very good condition. Many a newer ground is already weather-stained, streaks of rust spoiling the paintwork, but no so the Riverside. Not only has it clearly been solidly built, but it is well maintained, and that struck a chord with me. A club that takes a pride in its stadium and home is doing something right.

Ayresome Park Gates

Ayresome Park Gates

Despite the lack of established eating facilities as listed in the guide, for match-day countless burger vans had appeared, and the one we chose to sample was serving up the most gorgeous grub. I opted for the more traditional 1/4lb cheeseburger whereas my buddy opted for the variant with mushrooms.  I noticed amongst the many other options was a Hawaiian burger, which we discussed and assumed would be served with pineapple? With hindsight, we should have gone back for more...

And so attention turned to the game in prospect. I knew there would be nowhere near a full house but my concern was that if hardly any turned up at all, the prospect of just a few thousand in such a handsome stadium would make for an empty atmosphere. However, although the approximately 11,000 fans that appeared, was a little lower than the league crowds experienced currently at the Riverside, it was still more than I'd feared, but crucially enough to generate a much better atmosphere than I'd dared to hope for too. Perhaps the strategy of reducing ticket prices does encourage fans to turn up on nights like these. Some matches with a derby element seem to be recapturing a degree of attraction to supporters; there was a full house at Deepdale last season for our first round clash with Blackpool, and the Leeds-Bradford match I noticed had a large attendance this week too

In fact, the few thousand in the "singing section" in the South Stand never let up all night, and with the drums and the flags waving certainly again left a positive impression that sufficient 'Boro fans were up for a cup clash even if it was against lower league opposition.

As the build-up to the match continued I perused the matchday programme which would have been ok if it didn't touch a raw nerve of mine by making a feature of this infernal ice-bucket challenge; worse was to follow on the big-screen as they showed footage of the manager followed by player after player taking part in this childish, gimmicky, and wasteful charity stunt. Fortunately, there were other things in the programme to read whilst that farce was displayed...

Once the match got underway, it soon developed into an intriguing contest. Both sides took the chance to rest a few senior players and blood some youngsters and the first 20 minutes was played in an almost continental defensive keep-ball style with very little typical English action. Unusual perhaps, but it was interesting to see and also good to see that concentrated effort on passing football. Gradually both sides started to probe a little more, with arguably the best chance of the first half falling to one of the Preston youngsters only for him to slip at the crucial moment and miss a one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

Riverside Stadium

Riverside Stadium Middlesbrough

In fact, it would be the second half before the game really erupted into life, with first 'Boro taking the lead with a well worked free-kick, then Preston equalising with an equally great set-piece move, only for 'Boro to take the lead again 3 minutes later. Subsequently the home side cemented their lead with a third goal, but great credit to the Preston players who were striving with intensity throughout the second half, it was only when we crept towards injury time that I sensed it was all over.

Once the final whistle blew, we trooped out and we jumped in the car and within 3 minutes we were motoring freely along the A66.  I sense the night was more remarkable for the fact that 28,000 had graced the stadium MK to witness an unbelievable 4-0 spanking of a certain club formerly known as Newton Heath; but from our little perspective we'd thoroughly enjoyed the trip and the match experience exceeded expectations too.  

All clubs take note; look after your ground the way 'Boro look after theirs, and you'll be okay!

Middlesbrough v Sheffield United
Championship League
Sunday 22nd August 2010, 1.15pm
Steve Hartley (Doing the 92)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
This is a ground I have been wanting to go for around two years, but never made it, so at least I got there this time. I once went to the old Ayresome Park as an away fan with some Oldham mates and found it very intimidating in the open corner area so I was interested to see how things have changed in 20 years.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I left Rochdale at 9.30 for a Sunday 1.15 kick off and found the journey very easy apart from the roadworks on the A1, the A19 is by far an easier way to go and that is what I did on my return home.116 miles going and 2 hours , coming back 107 miles and 1 hour and 30 mins.

Car parking was very easy due to this website, come off at the roundabout as stated and turn right, then turn first left after going over the A66 .You can then turn right onto at least 5/6 streets with loads of free parking and its about 15 mins walk and so easy to get back on the A66 to go home. Good for that!
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

With being 90 mins early I do what I usually do and walk around the ground just to have a nosey and see whats going on. I got a ticket for the home end North West upper (note in this section rows 20 to 27 are padded seats why i dont know but are comfy and the cheapest in the house �23 ). Then it was for refreshment time, I had a burger then a sausage sarnie (I had missed breakfast) from a stall outside the ground. Surprisingly both were cheap and very good.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
The ground to me is nothing special , it reminded me of Derby county but thats the way never grounds are going (give me Hillsborough anyday). Not really much to say about these newer grounds apart from they do their job , seat you in safety and try to get as much cash out of you as they can.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The game itself was probably the worst game i have seen as a neutral and the atmosphere was pretty poor from both sets of fans, felt like a pre season game and was a big let down.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
With there being such a poor crowd and the good parking area I was on my way in minutes after walking to my car, this is a real plus and I advise people to look at this when travelling to the riverside.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A good day out spoiled by the fayre on show, the football was shocking but the travelling , eating and parking made it an easy day out. 

Updated 28th December 2014