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Opened on August 26 1995, the capacity was amended to 34,988 in June 2008 and 34,742 in summer 2013. The stadium represents a proud and bold statement of Middlesbrough Football Club's progressive thinking as well as its vision for the future.

Along with the Transporter and Newport bridges, the Riverside Stadium has become one of the landmarks of the Middlesbrough skyline, towering over the Tees, east of the city centre.

The History Behind The Stadium

Long before work began on the magnificent stadium, Boro officials had been considering their options. Hemmed in by terraced housing, it was obvious that the only way to expand Ayresome Park was by building upwards, but the fact was that to have any hope of getting planning permission, they would have to limit themselves to a 20,000 capacity.

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Boro's chief executive Keith Lamb

Former chairman Colin Henderson believed redeveloping Ayresome Park could work but new chairman Steve Gibson, director George Cooke and chief executive Keith Lamb disagreed.

They decided to look for a new home and discussions were opened with Middlesbrough Council. Teesside Development Corporation offered them the Middlehaven site and The Miller Partnership put together the best design of the 14 that were tendered.

Contractors Taylor Woodrow and engineers Ove Arup were then brought in to begin work. When it opened its doors for the start of the 1995-96 season, it was the biggest new football stadium to be built since the war and the first stadium in the country to be built in line with the Taylor Report.

Its name - chosen by the fans themselves - incorporated the name of the club's new sponsors - The Cellnet Riverside Stadium.

The first ever goal to be scored there was a Craig Hignett effort in Boro's 2-0 win over old rivals Chelsea.

Another 5,000 seats were added in the summer of 1998 with the £5m corner extensions to the West Stand and the club has since received outline planning permission to add another 7,000 seats if required.

Former sponsor BT Cellnet was dropped from the stadium's name for the start of the 2002-03 season.

Further developments have included statues of Boro and England legends Wilf Mannion and George Hardwick and the erection of the former Ayresome Park gates outside the main entrance.

The Boro Brick Road leading from the gates allow supporters to be part of the stadium and form a popular meeting place before matches.  

The current capacity is 34,742.

Address:
The Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough TS3 6RS

HOW TO GET THERE

From the south...

Leave A1 at Dishforth. Take A168 which then leads you to the A19.

Continue along the A19. At A66 junction follow signs for for Middlesbrough.

Pass Middlesbrough town centre on raised section of the dual carriageway following signs for Redcar, Grangetown, Teesport.

You will then see the stadium on the left hand side. Take the slip road signposted (in brown) Riverside Stadium off the A66. Keep in your left-hand lane up the slip road and turn left at the traffic lights at the top of it. The stadium is in front of you just to the right.

From the north...

Along the A1 on to the A689 for Teesside. A19 for Middlesbrough then on to the A66. Then as above.