England’s arrival at the Riverside in June will further enhance the stadium’s credentials as one of the north east’s true international event venues.
The Riverside already has a rich history of staging the biggest events the region has seen, and in recent years has already welcomed the England men's Under-21s and hosted a record crowd for the Lionesses away from Wembley, while Take That also played to a sell-out audience in the summer of 2019.
The Three Lions double-header at the stadium this summer will be the first senior mens internationals to be played at the Riverside for 18 years.
Later this year, there is a change of sport with the Riverside hosting the 2021 Rugby League World Cup clash with Tonga, currently ranked fourth in the world, taking on the Cook Islands.
Next summer will see the stadium’s creative side come to the fore once again with The Killers finally staging their delayed show, once again in front of a sell-out crowd.
In recent times, the diversification has also seen the stadium host a drive-in cinema and pantomime, with three more such stage shows planned for May.
Since opening in 1995, the stadium has always been a hub for the community, and never more so than over the last year during the pandemic.
Not only have more than 130,000 meals been packed and delivered from the Riverside, it has also been used a venue for the NHS, Cleveland Police, and other key services while the country was in lockdown.
And just last month, in a huge step towards combatting the pandemic, the region’s biggest NHS Vaccination Centre opened at the Riverside. Around 1,000 patients a day from Teesside will receive their vaccination against COVID-19 at the stadium.
On a smaller scale, the FanZone area of the Riverside has continued its development, while from April 12 local people will be able to enjoy the Bridge Cafe Bar, an outdoor food and drink venue in keeping with current government restrictions.
As always, the club is continuing to explore stadium use and its role in both benefiting the local community and bringing economic benefits to the area.