We ask our supporters to rename our North StandSince the very first ball was kicked at Madejski Stadium, the four sides of our new home have simply been named according to their geographical status…North, South, East and West.
As a club, we have decided it’s time to break away from the compass points and we want to hand one stand over to you…our fans.
Reading Football Club is asking its supporters to rename the North Stand!
At Reading, regardless of results or performances on the pitch, we try our very best to engage with our fans as much as possible. Last year, the first team ran out against Blackburn Rovers in a custom-made home kit designed by one special supporter, Ryan Duval, and kindly produced by Puma. Earlier in 2016, we asked supporters to #NameOurAle, culminating in a specially-brewed beer, produced by West Berkshire Brewery, entitled ‘106’ that was sold on the concourses towards the end of the campaign. And only last week, our Chief Executive and senior members of staff across a number of departments at the club met in person with fans to listen to their thoughts on how we can do even more for supporters, young and old, on matchdays and non-matchdays in the latest of a sequence of Fans Focus Groups.
And again we are looking to connect with our fans, consulting you for your help to improve and shape Madejski Stadium’s identity ahead of the start of a brand new season.
So this summer, we are handing the naming of the North Stand to the people who sit in it, week in, week out, cheering the team on through rain and shine, ups and downs.
Perhaps you think the modern era should doff its hat to our history, naming the North Stand after a Simod Cup winner, a record goalscorer or appearance-maker, or a cult hero of yesteryear?
Maybe you think Madejski Stadium should honour its predecessor – and include Elm Park in its renaming, or somehow reflect the Norfolk Road tag given to the old North Stand back at the place we called home for more than a century.
Or maybe we should be looking to more recent successes and remember the sides that gloriously brought Premier League football to Madejski Stadium in the last decade.
A kit man, a tea lady, harking back to our heritage, focussing on our hopes and ambitions for the future, a manager, a player, a fan…it’s up to you. We will listen to you and make a decision based entirely on our supporters’ suggestions ahead of the 2016-17 season.
How you can name a stand
How would you like to see our North Stand renamed? You can put forward your suggestion in four very simple and straight forward ways:
- Comment on the post on the club’s official Facebook site
- Tweet your suggestion to @ReadingFC
- Email your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Send your suggestions to Dara Thomas, Reading Football Club, Madejski Stadium, J11, M4, Reading, RG2 0FL. Please note however, entries must be with us by Friday 10th June.
To be clear, any suggestions of Standy McStandface will be duly considered and then immediately rejected!