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Madejski Stadium was opened on in August 1998 at a total cost of more than £50 million. 

The high-class Royal Berkshire Conference Centre and the Millennium Madejski Hotel, as well as the £1 million Indoor Training Centre all add up to an impressive facility for Reading Football Club, a highly ambitious club.

On the pitch, it didn't start as plain sailing and the Club's early days at Madejski Stadium were spent in Division Two. But since 1999, the Royals have enjoyed a dramatic upturn in fortunes - gaining promotion to Division One in 2002 and reaching the Premiership in 2006. 

The stadium staged its first international sporting event in September 1999, when England's Under-21 side gave minnows Luxembourg a 5-0 thumping in front of a crowd approaching 20,000. Since then, Reading has played host to more Under-21 internationals as well as a memorable Under-20 fixture against Germany when local boy Nathan Tyson capped a memorable debut with two stunning strikes to give England victory. 

Rugby League World Cup action has also taken place at Madejski Stadium, with New Zealand thrashing the Cook Islands in the autumn of 2000.