Fans encouraged to avoid the rush
Supporters traveling to this evening’s Capital One Cup clash with Arsenal at Madejski Stadium are strongly recommended to leave plenty of time for their journey to the ground.
The game kicks off at 7:45pm, earlier than usual for a Madejski Stadium evening game, and there are 4,500 Gunners fans making their way to Berkshire for this sold out fixture.
The vast majority of Arsenal supporters are making their way to the game by train or car, so there is likely to be congestion on these methods of transport, as well as on the shuttle bus services from Reading train station.
Shuttle buses from the town centre to the stadium operate along with service F1 (formally 79) and leave from under the old bingo hall at Reading Station. These will be running throughout the day.
Other matchday bus services have been brought forward by fifteen minutes in line with the earlier kick off time.
For those travelling by car, follow the alternative parking signs on the A33 for our Park and Ride services.
Recommended park and ride services are as follows:
Foster Wheeler, Shinfield Park, 500 spaces Free to park
This involves a short bus ride to and from the stadium. Fares on return bus shuttle are £4 adult return and £2.50 child return. Free parking.
Directions: from J11, M4, take exit B3270 (signposted Earley) and follow yellow signs to "Match Reading FC Park & Ride ". This is the best option for away supporters.
Greyhound / Speedway Stadium site, 500 spaces
£8 per car Five minutes walk to the Stadium. Access off the A33 at the Bennet Road roundabout.
Worton Grange, formerly HP Invent, 1000 spaces
£8 per car, seven minutes walk to the Stadium.
Directions: From M4, go toward Reading and turn right at the first roundabout on the A33. There is no right turn into the car park - you must turn left after approaching from Basingstoke Road.
Parking at Madejski Stadium
Parking at the ground is limited to the options below – and is likely to be taken up very early in the evening.
Family parking area
If you have a child under the age of 8 in your car, you will be eligible to park in our special designated area for £8 - spaces are first come, first served.
On matchday a limited number of spaces are available within the orange car park. These spaces will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis to drivers with a valid blue disabled badge at a cost of £5. Season permits are sold out but if you would like to join the waiting list please contact the Ticket Office on 0844 249 1871 /firstname.lastname@example.org
For further bus and train information click here or for parking information click here.
Supporters arriving early can enjoy food and drinks from our retail vans surrounding the stadium – or from the retail park a short walk away from the ground.
Portable units are also available for those wishing to purchase and RFC merchandise, whilst for our younger fans there’s a fancy dress competition and Halloween giveaways outside the Megastore from 7pm.
The Jazz Café will be open to season ticket holders and members from 5pm, with priority given to season ticket holders.
Our hotel bar will be open throughout the day(home supporters only), whilst the North Stand concourse bars within the stadium will be open until 10.30pm after the final whistle.