The Riverside Stadium is the home ground of Middlesbrough Football Club. The stadium opened in 1995 was the first to be designed to comply with the Taylor Report and replaced the club’s former home of Ayresome Park which had limited expansion capabilities to become an all-seater venue.
The stadium was constructed in just nine months and had an original capacity of 30,000, hosting its first game on the 26th August 1995 as Middlesbrough defeated Chelsea 2-0 in a Premier League match.
Capacity was raised to 35,100 in 1998 but modernisation of the stadium across the years has led to the current capacity of 34,742. The club does have permission to raise this 42,000 should this be necessary.
The Riverside hosted an England international fixture in June 2003, a UEFA Euro 2004 qualifier in which the ‘home’ team won 2-1 thanks to a double from Michael Owen. Several Under-21 matches have also been held there and the Great Britain Olympic football team played a warm up match against Brazil there in July 2012, losing 2-0 as they prepared for the London 2012 Olympics.
A 2021 Rugby League World Cup group match between Tonga and the Cook Islands is due to be played in the stadium in November 2021.
Tickets at Riverside Stadium
Middlesbrough FC tickets are available to purchase online, from the ticket office at the stadium or at the club shop at Captain Cook Square in the town centre.
Location & Travel to Riverside Stadium
The Riverside Stadium is located just over a mile north east of Middlesbrough city centre in the north east of England.
Airport: The closest international airport is Teesside International Airport, approximately 10 miles from Middlesbrough’s city centre. The airport only has a few flights across Europe and the United Kingdom. The larger Newcastle International Airport is approximately 37 miles away and has links to many European destinations, as well as Dubai and the Caribbean, whilst Leeds Bradford Airport is about 60 miles away.
Bus: The V1 bus runs from Middlesbrough bus station directly to the stadium, with a journey time of about 10 minutes.
Coach: The Middlesbrough Bus Station is located within the city centre, approximately a 25 minute walk to the stadium or catch bus V1 as above.
Alternatively, Megabus offers cheap travel to Middlesbrough and offers over 10 routes from Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield. You can search and book your tickets here.
Driving & Parking: The stadium is located not far from the A66, heading past the town centre and follow sign posts. Parking is available at the stadium on matchdays, costing £6 but must be booked in advance here.
Train: Middlesbrough railway station offers direct rail services to Darlington, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester Newcastle, Sunderland and York. The station is located just north of the city centre and it is possible to walk to the stadium in about 15 minutes, alternatively take the V1 bus with a journey time of just 5 minutes.
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Riverside Stadium Tour
The MFC Foundation offers tours of the Riverside Stadium, costing £10 for Adults and £5 for Children/Concessions. The tours run on Thursdays and 1 Sunday per month with a VIP tour running during school holidays. Further information is available on the MFC Foundation website here.