Riverside Stadium

Riverside Stadium

Postcode - TS3 6RS
Map - Google Maps
Capacity - 33,746
Able To Increase To - 42,000
Opened On - Aug 26th 1995
First Game - Boro (2) v Chelsea (0)
First Goal Scorer - Craig Hignett
Record Attendance - England v Slovakia (Int)
Record Attendance - Boro v Norwich City (Prem)

Built on land adjacent to the River Tees, the Riverside Stadium opened on 26th August 1995 for the game against Chelsea where Boro came out 2-0 winners. The stadium opened with 30,000 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 42,000.

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.

‘The Riverside Stadium’

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.

After the distressing aftermath of the Hillsborough tragedy, The Hillsborough Stadium Disaster Inquiry report, better known as the Taylor Report, played a pivotal role in changing the way stadiums were constructed to prove safer for football fans.

With a new stadium on the horizon, Middlesbrough were the founding club to set the precedent for a safer football experience, with the Cellnet Riverside Stadium being constructed wholly in-line with the Taylor report.

Memories from the Riverside Stadium