Everything you need to know ahead of our first game of the new season against QPR...
Queens Park Rangers vs Reading
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 5th August 2017, 3pm
After months of waiting, we're finally able to say that our weekends will contain football once again!
Royals will be hoping for the perfect start to the new campaign against the London club, with the teams already having met behind closed doors in pre-season.
Jaap Stam's side have gone through meticulous preparation to be in the best possible shape to hit the ground running on Saturday.
The manager admits that playing QPR when there are points to play for will be a completely different proposition to last month's friendly double header, with both teams looking for a strong beginning to the season.
More than 2,000 travelling Royals will be at Loftus Road to welcome their team back to league football, with QPR making a limited number of tickets available to supporters to purchase on the day.
Supporters' Trust at Reading (STAR) offer travel to all away games, details of which can be found by following the link here.
There are several tube stations that are within reasonable walking distance of the ground, the nearest of which being White City on the Central line, a five-minute walk away. Wood Lane Station, on the Hammersmith and City line, is also within 10 minutes of Loftus Road on foot.
EFL sponsors Sky Bet believe the teams are set to be closely matched on Saturday, with the home side slight favourites at 7/5 to get all three points, Royals are 19/10 for the win, with the draw at 23/10.
Scott Duncan will be the man in the middle for the first match of the season, being assisted on the line by Akil Howson and Christopher Akers. Between the benches as fourth official will be Daniel Leach.
For all ticketing enquiries, follow the link to our Ticket Office page or contact the Ticket Office by phone on 0118 968 1313. Our official online ticketing service www.readingfcdirect.co.uk sells seats for home and away games, and email enquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
We wish to politely remind supporters that the football club is responsible for their conduct at all matches (home or away) and any person committing a football-related offence or involved in serious misconduct at any match will result in a club ban. Examples of serious misconduct include discriminatory, offensive or abusive chanting, entering the pitch, persistent standing and throwing a missile. Supporters witnessing any incidents of serious misconduct are encouraged to report this to the football club by texting 80800, beginning your message with the word SAFE.