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Middlesbrough FC
Riverside Stadium

Capacity: 35,100 (all seated)
Address: Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS3 6RS
Telephone No: 0844 499 6789
Main Fax No: 01642 757 690
Ticket Office: 0844 499 1234
Ticket Office Fax: 01642 757 693
Stadium Tours: 0844 499 6789
Club Nickname: Boro
Year Ground Opened: 1995
Pitch Size: 115 x 75 yards
Shirt Sponsors: Ramsdens
Home Kit Colours: All Red
Away Kit Colours: Navy Blue and Grey Hoops
Kit Manufacturers: Adidas
Official Web Site:
www.mfc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:  
Southern Supporters Club
SmogChat
Come On Boro
One Boro
The Boro FC
The Twe12thman

Fly Me To The Moon (Fans Online Network)
Block 17 Message Board

 


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Contents

What's The Riverside Stadium Like?
Riverside Stadium (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Looking Towards The North Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
East Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
West Stand
(photo)
By Train
By Air
South Stand
(photo)
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Fixtures 2014-2015
Ground Layout

Programme & Fanzine

Stadium Tours

Disabled Facilities
Record & Average Attendance

Fans Ground Reviews
Ayresome Park
Brian Clough Statue
Hotel Accommodation
Riverside Stadium Location Map


What's The Riverside Stadium Like?
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.  

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Riverside Stadium


External view of the stadium photo

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
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 Ladbrokes betting 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.

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Looking Towards The North Stand


Looking towards the North Stand

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Where To Drink?
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).

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East Stand


  East Stand

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How To Get There By Car And Where To Park
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).

Map showing the location of the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV:
TS3 6RS

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West Stand

West Stand

By Train
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 Wynwar
d Way for the ground. The stadium is visible in the distance along most of this route. Thanks to Glenn Brunskill for providing these directions.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:


By Air
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.

South Stand


South Stand

Thanks to Owen Pavey for supplying the photo above.

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Local Rivals
Sunderland, Newcastle United.

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Admission Prices

Home Fans*
West Stand Upper Tier: Adults 31, Over 65's 23, Under 18's 14
West Stand Lower Tier: Adults 27, Over 65's 17, Under 18's 14
East Stand Upper Tier: Adults 29, Over 65's 21, Under 18's 14
East Stand Lower Tier: Adults 27, Over 65's 17, Under 18's 14
North & South Stands: Adults 27, Over 65's 17, Under 18's 14
Stadium Corners: Adults 24, Over 65's 17, Under 18's 14


Away Fans:

East Stand: Adults 27, Over 65's 17, Under 18's 14

* Fans who become members of the club can get a discount of up to 2 on an adult or over 65's ticket and up tp 4 on an Under 18 ticket.

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Middlesbrough FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Ground Layout


East Stand

For a stadium plan showing the individual block numbers
Then visit the official Middlesbrough FC website.

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

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

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Record & Average Attendance

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)

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Fans Reviews Of The Riverside
Paul Willott (Preston North End) 26/8/14
Steve Hartley (Doing the 92) 22/08/10

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Ayresome Park
See some photos of Middlesbrough's previous ground Ayresome Park then visit the Old Grounds & Stands Section of the Guide.

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Brian Clough Statue

The legendary Brian Clough spent the bulk of his playing career at the club. View a couple of photos of the Brian Clough Statue in Albert Park, Middlesbrough.

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the football ground.

Access their Middlesbrough Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.

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Map showing the location of the Riverside Stadium, railway station and listed pubs



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Feedback
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, then please e-mail me: duncan@footballgroundguide.com and I'll update the guide.


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Last Updated: 2 October 2014