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Around the Grounds: London Irish

The home of Reading FC and London Irish RUFC

Posted Jul 22, 2011 by Chris White

The Madejski Stadium

The Madejski Stadium in Reading plays home to not just Reading Football Club, but London Irish too, and is one of the finest new stadiums in the country, having opened in August 1998. The bowl stadium is an all-seater and can host up to 24,161 supporters.

London Irish made the £50million ground their home in 2000 and have since seen their average attendance rise to more than 11,000, holding the Premiership’s attendance record until 2009, having had 23,709 people through the gates for their home match against Wasps in 2008.

The club tend to use three out of the four stands, with the North Stand left unused for the club’s home matches. The South Stand has a capacity of 4,350 and has been used as part of the club’s new lease policy. The stand features a large television scoreboard and replay screen. The East Stand features the disabled area, with space for 28 wheelchairs, and a further 7,286 supporters, while the West Stand features two tiers, incorporating the 28 executive boxes and hospitality suites.

The stadium complex houses a four-star hotel, conference centre, and has also hosted international rugby union and league fixtures.

Located just off the M4, it is one of the best stadiums in England in terms of transport links and has 2,000 car parking spaces.

Stadium Address: London Irish Rugby Club, Madejski Stadium, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 OFL

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