Taken February 2011, Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
After many requests from the illustrious Middlesbrough citizens, here it is. For those who love the beautiful game and their beloved home team. A bit of photography highlighted in the radiant red of your favourite club and past time; and a place where many highs and lows have been realised by many. Come on Boro!
Long before work began on the magnificent stadium, Boro officials had been considering their options. Hemmed in by terraced housing, it was obvious that the only way to expand Ayresome Park was by building upwards, but the fact was that to have any hope of getting planning permission, they would have to limit themselves to a 20,000 capacity. They decided to look for a new home and discussions were opened with Middlesbrough Council. Teesside Development Corporation offered them the Middlehaven site and The Miller Partnership put together the best design of the 14 that were tendered. Contractors Taylor Woodrow and engineers Ove Arup were then brought in to begin work. When it opened its doors for the start of the 1995-96 season, it was the biggest new football stadium to be built since the war and the first stadium in the country to be built in line with the Taylor Report. Opened on August 26 1995, the capacity was amended to 34,988 in June 2008. The stadium represents a proud and bold statement of Middlesbrough Football Club's progressive thinking as well as its vision for the future. Along with the Transporter and Newport bridges, the Riverside Stadium has become one of the landmarks of the Middlesbrough skyline, towering over the Tees, east of the town centre.
Production: Picture by Matthew Hunter of Hunter & Ludley productions.
Narrative courtesy of www.mfc.co.uk