7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Coming to Reading? Stay for the week-end!
Reading makes an ideal base from which to explore. See Windsor Castle, Legoland Windsor plus nearby racecourses Ascot and Newbury. The Rivers Thames runs through Reading with 2 hour cruises available.
The Oracle shopping and leisure attraction has more than 80 shops, 25 bars and restaurants in addition to the 10-screen Warner Village Cinema.
Winchester, Henley, Oxford and London are only 30 minutes away so they are easy to get to.
Phone the tourism office on (0118) 956 6226 or visit www.readingtourism.org.uk to find out more.
TRAVELLING TO THE MADEJSKI STADIUM
The best way to travel is by coach with your club however, if you are travelling independently this information may be of use.
Buses and Trains.
Bus Services are very regular from Reading centre with special services (service 79) running on match-days, leaving opposite the railway station main entrance. Reading is well served by trains and this is an easy option.
For further information on buses call 0118 959 4000 and for trains, National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50
Leave at junction 11 of the M4, and join the A33 Northbound towards Reading. Do not park on the A33 as it is a red-route and you will probably receive a fine.
The stadium has limited spaces, however there are 'Park and Walk' schemes where you can park in the sign-posted car parks. For Saturday games these include HP car park which has 700 spaces at Â£5 and Reading Speedway stadium with 700 spaces at Â£5.
Call 0118 968 1000 to book any available parking at the stadium.
Pre-booked disabled badge holders and Motorcycles are entitled to free parking at Madejski Stadium (subject to availability). Please telephone (0118) 968 1100.
We advise road-users to get to the stadium area early as the car parks sell-out.
Cycling to the stadium?
If you are completing your journey by bicycle, the stadium has secure space for over 100 bicycles, next to the car-park security building, opposite the main reception.
Need somewhere to stay?
Millennium Madejski Hotel is part of the stadium. There are special rates for the week end. To find out phone 0118 925 3500 or as an alternative place to stay see www.readingtourism.org.uk
Inside and outside the Madejski Stadium
Food and Drink.
Food and soft drink outlets are located inside and outside, with hot and cold snacks and a selection of beers is available from the stadium concourse bars. There is also a Jazz Café as part of the stadium complex that has a capacity of 300.
ALCOHOL MAY BE CONSUMED WITHIN THE SEATED AREA ON Rugby MATCH-DAYS.
SMOKING IS NOT PERMITTED WITHIN THE SEATED BOWL AT ANY EVENT.
Want to purchase clothing or souvenirs?
The Megastore is open for replica kits and memorabilia on match-days from 9am until kick-off and again from final whistle for an hour. Phone 0118 968 1234 for details. Matchday magazines are available inside and outside the ground.
Disabled and need help?
Madejski Stadium has 100 wheelchair spaces. Admission price includes one helper per disabled supporter. Visually impaired supporters should contact Norman Dyer on (0118) 966 1406 for tickets. A section of the ground is covered by an induction loop; audibly impaired supporters should advise the main West Stand Ticket Office if this is required.