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Game Plan | Friday Night Lights in Leicester

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The Gallagher Premiership is BACK WITH A BANG this Friday night (March 22) at Mattioli Woods Welford Road.

After a 76-day wait for the Tigers Family, the historic Leicester venue welcomes back league rugby when long-time rivals Gloucester Rugby come to town for the next edition of The Slater Cup. 

To celebrate the first fixture of 'The Run-In' to the business end of the 23/24 campaign, Tigers HQ will be lit up with a host of entertainment and excitement on offer before the action gets underway on the pitch.

Find out what's on offer below with The Game Plan.

Key Timings

  • 5.30pm - Final Whistle OPEN
  • 6.00pm - DJ begins in Plaza Marquee
  • 6.15pm - Turnstiles OPEN
  • 6.20pm - The Plaza Prowl
  • 7.30pm - DJ finishes (first set) in Plaza Marquee
  • 7.45pm - Kick Off: Leicester Tigers v Gloucester Rugby
  • 9.30pm - DJ begins in Plaza Marquee

The Club Shop

The Club Shop under Hotel Brooklyn is open from 9.00am on Friday morning until one hour after the game. 

The Europcar Stand shop and retail unit in the Tradview Markets Stand are open from 5.00pm until one hour after the game.

Ticket Office

The Ticket Office is open from 10.00am on Friday and available by ringing 0116 319 8888 (option 2) or emailing [email protected] with enquiries.

Ticket Booths, located around the stadium, will be open from 4.30pm for any last-minute ticket needs.


Get to the ground early on Friday evening to celebrate the return of league rugby, kicking off with a chance for a FREE DRINK courtesy of the players.

Yes, you read that correctly...

Julián Montoya and his fellow Tigers are so excited about being back at home that they have passed the hat around the changing room and put together a Tigers Tab for fans.

To take advantage of the Tigers Tab, get down to The Final Whistle bar from 5.30pm in The Tradeview Markets Stand and get your free drink voucher from one of the players before redeeming it at the bar.

For those fans at the ground early, be on The Plaza at 5.30pm to welcome the riders taking part in the Cycle4MND from Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester to Mattioli Woods Welford Road.

Almost two dozen cyclists are taking on the challenge to raise awareness of MND and raise much needed funds for the 4Ed Fund, My Name'5 Doddie Foundation and the MND Association.

There will also be a host of volunteers around the ground ahead of the game bucket collecting for all three funds. Keep an eye out for them and, if you are able, please donate to this worthy cause.

As well as the complimentary tipple from the players, there are a host of food and beverage outlets open on The Plaza from 5.30pm to get you fuelled up for a night on your feet - dancing in the marquee from 6.00pm to the tunes of our resident DJ and then cheering the lads on in the stands!

Club Partner Valeo will also be outside offering up treats from their ranges.

At 6.20pm, get involved in The Plaza Prowl - which will see the squad make their way from Hotel Brooklyn, through supporters and on to the field ahead of the battle. Find out more HERE about The Plaza Prowl.

Jenno's Cafe, under Hotel Brooklyn, is open from 7.00am until 8.00pm.

Please note: the Junior Tigers Club will not be open on Friday evening.


After grabbing something from the bar or food outlets in your stand, make your way back to your spot to enjoy the half-time entertainment the STIHL Blower Race and The Ultimate Big Boot, brought to you by De Montfort University.

As well as the hilarious half-time activities, you could also win a free t-shirt at this week's game simply by being in your seat.

Members of the Senior Men's Squad will be out on the pitch at half-time with a T-Shirt Cannon, firing off free gifts into the crowd as we continue to celebrate the return of rugby to Mattioli Woods Welford Road.

The club will be paying tribute to those who took part in the Cycle4MND ride during the break in play, on the pitch, so be sure to stick around and help us thank them for their incredible effort.


Stick around after the match to meet players as they make their way around the Mattioli Woods Welford Road pitch, including a chance to get a picture with your favourite player, and then head back into the Final Whistle to pick up a drink or snack before getting the dancing shoes back on for the DJ spinning his decks in the marquee into the night.