Everything You Need To Know About MFC’s Riverside Stadium

To commemorate the Riverside Stadium turning 25 years old, we wanted to answer all of your Riverside stadium questions and even show you the new 25 Years collection and junior collection, including clothing, stationery and even chocolate! 

When was the Riverside Stadium built? 

Construction work started on the Riverside Stadium in 1994 and continued into 1995 and was completed by the Taylor Woodrow Construction company. The design was completed by The Miller Partnership and the structural engineer for the project was Ove Arup. 

When did the Riverside Stadium open?

The Riverside Stadium opened on 26th August 1995.

Where is the Riverside Stadium? 

The address for the Riverside Stadium is: The Riverside Stadium, Middlehaven Way, Middlesbrough, TS3 6RS.

The site for the stadium was an area of land located in the industrial area near the vacant Tees docks. The land was offered to the football club by the Teesside Development Corporation and then approved by the council. 

It sits close to other landmarks associated with Middlesbrough including the Transporter Bridge and Temenos. 

How to get to the Riverside Stadium?

Getting to the Riverside Stadium is easy, and signposts will guide you. 

Getting to the Riverside Stadium from the North 

If you are coming from the North, you should take the A19 and once you have crossed the River Tees take the A66 Eastbound which will take you to Middlesbrough town centre. You should stay on the A66 passing the town centre where signposts will guide you.

Getting to the Riverside Stadium from the South

Arriving at the Riverside from the South, you should leave the A1(M) at junction 57. This will take you onto the A66 where you should follow signs to Teesside. After approximately 18 miles you will pass Middlesbrough town centre. When you get to the town centre on your right, you will see signposts that will guide you to the stadium. 

How many people does the Riverside Stadium hold?

The capacity of the Riverside Stadium is 34,742. It was the first stadium to comply with the Taylor Report that was produced after the Hillsborough disaster, which stated that all stadiums must be seated. 

When MFC were promoted to the Premier League in 1998, the capacity of the stadium was increased by 5,000 by filling in the corners of the north and the south-west corners of the stadium. 

How much did the Riverside Stadium cost to build?

The construction cost of the Riverside Stadium in 1995 was £16 million. The stadium was then expanded just 3 years later at a cost of £5 million. It was then modernised in 2016 at a cost of £5 million, and a new LED floodlighting system was installed along with wheelchair platforms, 2 TV studios and a press section. The hospitality facilities on-site were also improved – parmo in a bun, anyone?

How long did it take to build the Riverside Stadium?

The Riverside Stadium was built in 32 weeks! It was also the very first stadium built and designed to comply with the Taylor Report. 

Where did Middlesbrough FC play before the Riverside stadium opened?

Before moving to the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough Football Club played at Ayresome Park. Ayresome Park opened in 1903 and had a capacity of 26,667. As Middlesbrough became more successful and popular, it became clear that fans had outgrown the ground. 

Ayresome Park was located in the middle of a housing estate, so it wasn’t possible to expand without demolishing houses. The only other option was to expand upwards. The club faced challenges to receive planning permission so chairmen Steve Gibson pushed for a new site.

Who scored the first goal in the Riverside Stadium? 

Craig Hignett scored the first-ever goal inside the Riverside Stadium during a match against Chelsea. The Boro won 2 – 0!

Does the Riverside Stadium hold concerts?

Yes! The Riverside Stadium held its first concert in 2019, opening its doors for Take That and Rick Astley. The Killers are also scheduled to take to the Riverside Stadium in 2021. The Riverside Stadium seating plan can be found below. However, it may change depending on the artist who is playing and their stage set up. 

Riverside Stadium seating chart

Screengrab of Ticketmaster image of The Riverside Stadium (Image: Ticketmaster)

How far away is the Riverside Stadium from Middlesbrough Town Centre?

The Riverside Stadium is 15 minute walk from the town centre. If you plan to arrive by train, the nearest train station is Middlesbrough, situated on Albert Road and is also a 15 minute walk away. 

Where to park at the Riverside Stadium?

If you are arriving by car, the postcode for the Riverside Stadium is TS3 6RS and any sat nav should direct you to the location easily. Some roads will be closed on match days so please take this into consideration when planning your trip. 

Matchday Parking is only available to those who have a permit which are available to purchase via the ticket office. We advise using town centre parking – there are many long stay car parks available. 

Is the Riverside Stadium on FIFA?

Yes! The Riverside Stadium is on the game FIFA 21 along with 124 other stadiums. 

The 25 years collection

If you would like to explore the entire 25 years collection, you will find items that you can gift to the Boro enthusiast in your life, including clothing, stationery and chocolate. You will also find clothing you can dress your mini-me in too with the junior 25 years collection. If you would like to explore the entire range of MFC apparel, we have training kits that your little one will love in our Junior Training Clothing range.

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