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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
The Madjeski Stadium was opened in August 1998 and is current shared by Reading FC and London Irish RFC. The stadium is on the very outskirts of Reading and close to the M4. The ground is totally enclosed, with all four corners being occupied.
Three sides of the ground are single tiered, whilst on one side the West Stand is two tiered, including a row of executive boxes. The stadium has been designed so that an additional tier could be added at a later stage to the East, North and South Stands, increasing the capacity to a maximum of 37,500.
There is an electric scoreboard in one corner of the stadium, between the Kyocera & Fosters Stands. The ground has been designed with the supporter in mind as the supporters are very close to the pitch, and the acoustics are good.
Inside the concourse part of the stadium there are bars and food counters.
The complex houses a hotel which is attached to the West Stand. Outside the stadium, at the North end of the ground is a megastore.