Courtesy of Casumo our bus network is running and raring to go on Boxing Day. And now courtesy of Costco, there will be plenty of parking provision for our clash with QPR.
Ever since our Boxing Day kick-off was switched to 7.30pm, Costco and Reading Football Club have been in conversation about providing extra parking spaces for Royals and Rangers fans – and we are delighted to confirm that another 700 spaces will be on offer just eight minutes’ walk from the ground.
The charge for parking at Costco will be £10 per car – however all proceeds will go directly to BBC Children in Need.
Madejski Stadium has already become very accessible to home and away fans through principal partner Casumo’s bus network subsidy. And all our usual park and ride and stadium parking facilities will be open and available to all as normal on Boxing Day.
Now by securing additional car parking provision on the night, we are open to any supporter who just wants to hop in their car and head to the Madejski after finishing off their festive leftovers on Boxing Day.
Like on most public holidays, the network rail service will not function on Boxing Day but with shuttles coming from town, a complete bus network in full operation and all the parking facilities fans could need, we hope we have made the Madejski accessible for the vast majority of supporters.
And we are delighted that Costco have generously offered to raise money for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK in allowing fans access to their car park facilities from 5pm.
Children in Need work throughout the year to ensure that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood, and the chance to reach their full potential. It relies on the energy and commitment of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK, who donate their time and money to put on events supporting the Appeal.
Ray Booth, Stadium Manager at Reading Football Club, said that “Costco are very generous in donating the proceeds from the car park and we hope that not only does it allow more fans to come to the stadium and enjoy what is sure to be another hard-fought Championship battle, but that it also raises lots of money for BBC Children in Need in the process.”
So on Boxing Day, forget Paul O’Grady’s ‘For The Love Of Dogs’, record ‘Skyfall’ or ‘Cool Runnings’ and actively get away from the horrible Christmas everyone is sure to encounter on Albert Square. Instead, get out of the house and come to the match to back the boys and make some noise.
Kick off against QPR is at 7.30pm with gates opening at 6pm. All bus times operate 30 minutes ahead of the normal midweek 8pm kick-off timetables, while the Madejski Stadium, old Greyhound Stadium, Cordwallis, Shinfield Park (P&R) and Mereoak (P&R) parking options are all fully available to supporters as usual.