After all the build-up, #Madejski500 is here, and there's lots going on in RG2 on Saturday!
Reading vs Burton Albion
Saturday 23rd December 2017
Sky Bet Championship
So, Saturday is the day we celebrate our 500th match in RG2! There's going to be plenty going on all around the ground in the build-up to kick-off, and as of Friday morning there were just 500 tickets left so act fast if you want to be there!
Read on to find out what we've got on offer at Madejski Stadium on Saturday, including 500 pints of beer available for just £2, discounts in our Megastore and plenty of offers on food and drink!
On the pitch, though, Jaap Stam and his side begin a run of five matches in the space of 15 days against a Burton Albion side that are hoping to climb out of the Championship's bottom three.
With a couple of lengthy away trips coming up over the festive period for the Royals, they'll be hoping to be roared on by a packed house at Madejski Stadium as they go in search of three more important points.
Stam revealed earlier in the week that several players have made their way back into contention to be a part of the squad for Saturday, so there will be a fight for places among the Royals ahead of a landmark game for the club.
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We've got loads going on around the ground ahead of a landmark game for our club, so make sure you get here early and check it out!
In our Megastore, hosts of items will be specially reduced to just £5 on the day in honour of our 500th game, so make time to get a look at our bargains!
In conjunction with our pouring partners at Madejski Stadium, the first 500 pints of Heineken that are sold from the Royals Rendezvous at the Fan Zone will be priced at just £2 each (maximum two pints per transaction).
Mulled wine and mulled cider will also be available to purchase at the price of two for £5 from the Royals Rendezvous and real ale units at the Fan Zone. This is a saving of £3 on the normal price!
A special meal deal promotion will also be available in the Upper West and East Stands, with supporters able to get their hands on a turkey and cranberry baguette and a mince pie for just £5!
Throughout the stadium concourse kiosks, fans can get their hands on a meal deal consisting of a hot food item and a non-alcoholic drink for £5! This is available pre-match only.
We will be holding a ‘Lucky Row’ competition at half time – courtesy of Piglets Pantry! A row of supporters in a randomly drawn block of the stadium will each receive a complimentary pie!
In addition to the food & drink promotions above, we will be showing nearly two hours’ worth of match highlights from some of the most memorable matches that Madejski Stadium has hosted!
The programme itself will begin at 1pm, so we’re very keen to encourage fans to get to Madejski Stadium early and take advantage of our special promotions and soak up the atmosphere ahead of kick-off.
Our resident DJ will also be in attendance to entertain fans ahead of the match.
- All Season Ticket holders who attend Saturday’s match will receive 50 Royals Rewards points.
- In addition to this, 500 supporters will receive a bonus of 500 points!
- These points can be used to win a whole host of superb Royals prizes and experiences, including the final day of our Advent Calendar which is set to be the best prize yet!
"The players are confident, in how we want to play they show it week in, week out" - Jaap says his players aim to do well against every team ahead of Burton's visit tomorrow: https://t.co/eTKqzrmZvl pic.twitter.com/I2Fyd63cox— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) December 22, 2017
NB: Odds are subject to change, and are correct at time of publication.
John Brooks will be in charge of proceedings on Saturday afternoon, with John Flynn and Mark Russell his assistants, with Andy Davies between the benches as fourth official.
There have been important changes in car parking and bus travel for the upcoming season, with parking at Madejski Stadium now having to be pre-booked online, as well as a continuation of our bus subsidies with Reading Buses. There are more places to park than ever before, though, so click here and find out what the best option is for you!
With the stadium largely full for this milestone match, supporters should plan to arrive as early as possible. We would advise getting here at least an hour prior to the 3pm kick-off to allow for additional traffic considering the expected crowd and a flurry of last minute Christmas shoppers.
Why not use the Park and Ride sites we have available to Madejski Stadium – Central Reading NCP Garrard Street, Mereoak and Amec Foster Wheeler / Shinfield Park.
Or you can use public transport and travel in by frequent shuttle bus services from the South West terminal at Reading station using the Reading Buses F1 service from 1pm.
- Madejski Stadium, RG2 0FL – 185 spaces available - £10 tariff
- Former Greyhound Stadium, A33 near Madejski Stadium (just past Longwater Avenue Green Park entrance) – 750 spaces - £10 tariff
- Amec Foster Wheeler – Shinfield Park and Ride, RG2 9XY – 280 spaces. Free parking, bus fare payable
- Mereoak, RG7 1PB – 600 spaces. Free parking, bus fare payable
- Garrard Street, Reading Town Centre Park and Ride, RG1 1NR - 500 spaces. Special tariff £5 for 5 hours or £8 for 8 hours by pre-booking. Then use F1 Shuttle Bus Service from SW Bus Terminal direct to Madejski Stadium, £2 return fare.
- Cordwallis, 40 Bennet Road, RG2 0QX – 200 spaces - £10 tariff
- Holiday Inn, 500 Basingstoke Rd, Reading, RG2 0SL – 150 spaces, £10 tariff
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.
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Follow it live!
The best way to follow the game live is at Madejski Stadium in person, by getting behind the team!
But if you’re based in the UK or Ireland and can’t make it to the match, you can listen to every pass, tackle and goal with live audio commentary on iFollow for as little as £4.49 per month. Not only that, but our online subscription also allows you access to extended match highlights and exclusive interviews which you won’t see anywhere else.
And supporters based overseas will be able to watch live video of a majority of our games – including this one – by using iFollow. Match passes are just £5 (prices equated to your local currency).
As ever, we’ll also provide live updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages, and look out for our match photos on Instagram. And head to Snapchat and find 'officialrfc' to follow our matchday story as it unfolds!
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.