The Riverside Stadium is all seater, with a capacity of 35,100.
The stadium opened in 1995, replacing Middlesbrough’s former home at Ayresome Park. The new stadium had a build cost of a mere £16 million and was completed within 8 months. It was the first ground specifically designed to comply with the 1990 Taylor Report, requiring all top-flight stadia to be all seater.
In 2005, the club erected the old Ayresome Park gates outside the Riverside Stadium as a new entrance.
Away supporters are housed in the South Stand, behind the goal, which is shared with home supporters.
How to get to the Riverside Stadium
The address of the Riverside Stadium, for satnav purposes, is Middlesbrough, Cleveland TS3 6RS.
Drivers arriving from the North are advised to use the A1(M), following signage for Darlington / A66(M). At the first roundabout, take the first exit onto Bridge Road towards Darlington, passing through 4 roundabouts. At the next, take the second exit, remaining on the A66. Follow signage for the Riverside Stadium which is located on the left.
Away fans driving from the South are advised to follow the A1(M) as far as junction 49, exiting towards the A168/ A19. Join the eastbound A66 towards Middlesbrough town centre and follow signage to the stadium. The map below is useful for directions from all UK locations and in locating suitable parking and recommended away friendly pubs.
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The main Middlesbrough station is situated on Albert Road, within a mile of the ground, a walk of 10-15 minutes. On leaving the station, turn left into Zetland Road and left again into Exchange Place. At the crossroads (about 100 yards) turn right into Bridge Street and follow it for some 300 yards. Turn right into Windward Way, going straight on at the roundabout into Dockside Road. The stadium is on the left, just after the roundabout. Click here to check the current train timetables
The nearest airport is Durham Tees Valley Airport, some 10 miles west of Middlesbrough and a short bus (service 20) or taxi ride from the city centre. The airport is serviced by a number of discount airlines, so that it is often cheaper to fly to Middlesbrough than travelling by rail or bus. Click here to check the current flight times
There are several taxi companies in Middlesbrough that can take you to and from the stadium. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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Where to Park?
Many away fans have suggested using the long-stay car parks in the city centre, about a 15-20 minute walk to the ground. Another alternative is to follow signs for “away coaches” from the A66 as this route leads past several reasonably priced car parks along the river. However, leaving these car parks after the match can take up to an hour.
Away Friendly Pubs near the Riverside Stadium
Away friendly pubs near the stadium are virtually non-existent. Several visiting fans have noted The Bridge pub on Bridge Street East as one to avoid. Most visitors recommended the city centre for a pre-match drink.
Several pubs in this area have been described as “OK,” but Doctor Brown’s on Corporation road seems a firm favourite with visiting supporters. A 10 minute walk from the stadium, the pub serves real ales, offers Sky TV and generally has a genial mix of home and away fans. Inside the ground, reasonably priced alcohol is served at the rear of the South Stand.
Hotels near the Riverside Stadium
The Best Western Middlesbrough (pictured, left), Marton Road, Middlesbrough TS4 2PA is a small, well-designed hotel, within a mile of Middlesbrough city centre. It offers a mixture of old world charm and modern facilities. Guest reviews have been consistently good, remarking upon quality of service and value for money. Free on-site parking is available.
A little further afield, Metro Inns Teesside, North Tees Industrial Estate, Stockton on Tees TS18 2RT, about 4 miles from the stadium, offers budget accommodation suitable for a one night stay. Guest reviews have been excellent, noting a friendly welcome and clean, modern facilities. Free on-site parking is available.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip to the Riverside Stadium?
The majority of visiting fans have been impressed by the looks of the Riverside Stadium from the outside, but found its interior rather bland. There have been few complaints about the seating in the South Stand, which offers ample leg room and an excellent view of play.
However, many visitors have been disappointed by the lack of atmosphere within the ground. Most away fans have described the facilities as adequate, with a fair range of food and drink available, though the narrow concourse leads to overcrowding at half-time.