- Address: Middlesbrough
- Country: United Kingdom
- Capacity: 34,000
- Opened: 26 August 1995
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: Middlesbrough FC (football)
Extra stadium info – Riverside Stadium
The construction of the Riverside Stadium started in 1994. Its construction costs were £16 million. The venue opened with a match between Middlesbrough Football Club and Chelsea Football Club. The home side, nicknamed Boro, won the game 2-0. Craig Hignett scored the first goal of the match and Jan Åge Fjørtoft scored the second goal of the match. Middlesbrough FC, which is among the first English football clubs with a value of at least $100 million, was founded in 1876. They played their first-ever English top-flight football league game in 1902. Boro finished 13th place in their maiden top-flight football league season. They drew an average home attendance of 12,000 in 17 league matches during that football season.
Middlesbrough FC in the 1990s
Middlesbrough FC played their first-ever FA Cup final in 1997. They reached the final after beating Chesterfield Football Club. Chelsea, one of the first English football clubs with a world championship title, won the FA Cup final in 1997. Roberto Di Matteo scored the first goal of the game and Edward John Ikem Newton scored the second goal of the game. The final, which took place in the city of London, attracted a crowd of 79,000.
Middlesbrough FC in the 2000s
In 2006, Middlesbrough FC reached the final of the UEFA Cup. They lost the final against the Spanish side Sevilla FC. The final took place in the Dutch city of Eindhoven in front of a capacity crowd. Luís Fabiano Clemente scored the first goal of the match, Vincenzo Maresca scored the second and third goal of the match and Frédéric Oumar Kanouté scored the fourth goal of the match. Middlesbrough FC drew an average home attendance of 28,000 in 19 league games during that football season.