The Madejski stadium is an all-seater venue, with a capacity of 24,200. It is the home ground of Reading FC.
The purpose-built stadium, named after Reading chairman John Madejski, was opened in 1998, replacing Elm Park, Reading’s home ground for over 100 years.
The West Stand is a two-tiered affair, while the remaining stands have just a single tier. The stadium was recently voted as having the best facilities for disabled supporters.
Away fans are located in the South end of the stadium, in the Fosters Lager Stand. Reading have planning permission to increase the stadium capacity to 38,000, by extending the East, North and South Stands. There are no immediate plans for such development.
How to get to the Madejski Stadium
The Madejski Stadium is located in Bennett Road, Reading RG2 0FL.
Southbound drivers are advised to use the M1, exiting at junction 6a onto the M25 towards the M4/M40. Leave the M25 at junction 15, taking the M4 towards Slough. Leave the M4 at Junction 11, bear left on to the A33 relief road which leads directly to the stadium. The Madejski stadium is well signposted from Junction 11. It is worth allowing plenty of time for the journey as traffic tailbacks inevitably occur near junction 11 of the M4.
Fans driving from the South should join the M25 and then follow directions as above.
Reading mainline station is over 3 miles from the ground, a walk taking over an hour. Many visiting fans have advised catching the No. 79 “Football Special” bus. Turn right on exiting the station and buses run from the opposite side of the road. Although the journey time is usually only 15 minutes, fans advise catching the bus well in advance of kick-off, as all traffic to the Madejski uses the same route. Click here to check the current train timetables
Heathrow is the nearest airport, just over 23 miles away. It has excellent public transport links, with regular rail and bus services to Reading. Click here to check the current flight times.
There are several taxi companies in Reading that can take you to and from the Madejski . You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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Where to Park?
Early arrivals may find limited on-street parking near the Courage Brewery on the A33 or on Imperial Way. Car parks at the ground and local speedway track offer over 2,500 spaces, but these fill up early. Reading operate a “Park & Ride” scheme at Shinfield Park. This can be reached from junction 11 of the M4, by taking the B3270 towards early and following signage for “Football Car Park C.” Visiting fans should avoid the temptation of parking in the nearby Business Park, as several away supporters report getting parking tickets or having their vehicles clamped.
Away Friendly Pubs near the Madejski Stadium
Pubs near the Madejski stadium are rare, so most fans have recommended Reading town centre for a pre-match drink. Friar Street offers a good selection of bars, all offering a friendly welcome to away fans.
For rail travellers especially, The Three Guineas, on the station approach, offers a range of real ales, good food and large-screen Sky TV. There is a Holiday Inn hotel within 15-minute walk of the ground with an Irish-themed bar, but this becomes very crowded and is extremely expensive. Alcohol is also available inside the stadium.
Hotels near the Madejski Stadium
The Holiday Inn Reading South, 500 Basingstoke Road, Reading RG2 0SL is within ¾ of a mile of the Madejski stadium and has attracted good guest reviews. All rooms are air-conditioned, with amenities including satellite TV and Internet access.
The Copthorne Hotel Reading RG30 3UN is sited within a mile of the ground. Most guests have enjoyed their stay, with rooms noted as being comfortable and spacious. The facilities are modern, with lake views from the majority of rooms.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip to the Madejski Stadium?
Many away fans have remarked that the Madejski Stadium was evidently designed with supporters in mind. The stands are close to the pitch, with excellent acoustics. The seating in the away section has ample legroom, while the height between rows allows an excellent view of the play. However, several visitors have thought that the ground lacked character.
Catering facilities appear adequate, but no better. Over-zealous security staff and stewards have spoilt the “Madejski experience” for numerous away fans. Another common complaint has been that the safety-conscious club prevents vehicles from leaving the official car parks for some time after the end of the game, leading to long delays