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The Riverside Stadium
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- Aug 26th 1995
- Boro (2) v Chelsea (0)
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- Craig Hignett
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Built on land ajacent to the River Tees, the Riverside Stadium opened on August the 26th 1995 for the game against Chelsea where Boro came out 2-0 winners. The stadium opened with 30000 seats, costing £16 million and was the biggest football ground to be built since the second world war and the first stadium to be built in line with the Taylor report. In 1998, 5000 more seat were added with the extension of the West Stand costing £5 million. The Riverside Stadium has planning permission to add an extra 7000 seats on the South Stand to increase the capacity to 42000.
The stadium name was chosen by the Middlesbrough fans, who were given a voting slip at the final game at Ayresome Park against Luton Town. The 4 name choices were; Middlehaven Stadium, Erimus Stadium, Riverside Stadium and Teesside Stadium.
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When the stadium first opened, it was named The Cellnet Riverside Stadium as part of a £3 million sponsorship with Cellnet, who later merged with BT. The £3 million stadium sponsorship was the biggest in UK history at the time for a stadium sponsor.
Since opening, attendances have decreased slowly due to the increasing number of games on TV and rising ticket costs. To try and get more people to come to games, Middlesbrough FC introduced a scheme where children could attend the match for £9 when accompanied by an adult. This proved popular in the 06/07 season when 32000 packed the stadium for the game against Charlton. For the 2008/09 season, Middlesbrough FC lowered prices for season tickets allowing Under 18's to buy a ticket for £95 and 18-20's for £195. These lowered prices saw Boro sell over 20000 season tickets for the season.
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