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Matchday guide | Big day at Welford Road

Leicester Tigers against Gloucester Rugby provides the second part of a rugby double bill at Welford Road this Saturday following the early action from the Rugby World Cup Final. Our Matchday Guide will help you to get the most out of the occasion... 

RUGBY WORLD CUP FINAL

England include five Tigers in the team to take on South Africa in the World Cup Final in Japan and we’ve got big screen coverage from 8.00am in the marquee on the plazza and in Final Whistle in the Holland & Barrett Stand.

Entry is free. For full details, click here.

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GETTING TO WELFORD ROAD

Visit leicestertigers.com/tickets/getting-to-welford-road with travel advice on getting to Welford Road. 

Parking is available at the nearby King Power Stadium and in the Leicester Royal Infirmary multi-storey (entry via Havelock Street), both a few minutes’ walk away from Welford Road. 

Pre-booked car parking goes off-sale at the Tigers ticket office two days before a match.

Matchday bus services are in operation with orbit Coaches from Market Harborough, Oakham and Market Bosworth. All services are scheduled to arrive at Welford Road half an hour ahead of kick-off. For timetable, route and more details, click here.

MATCH TICKETS

Entry to all home games in the Gallagher Premiership, Premiership Rugby Cup and European pool fixtures are included in season tickets.

Match tickets for this weekend are still available at the Tigers ticket office. Book in person at Welford Road, phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2) or online using the link below. The office is open 9.00am-5.00pm Monday-Saturday and from 9.00am on matchday. Online services are available all day, every day.

You can watch four games from four different stands, starting this week, with the Tigers Taster ticket

You can use the print-at-home option for match tickets purchased bought online.

If you are picking up pre-purchased tickets, the Collection Point is on the plaza outside the Holland & Barrett Stand.

The club has also installed self-service kiosks at the collection point. You will need your booking number handy to print your ticket at the kiosk.

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ENTERING THE STADIUM

Welford Road is a CASHLESS STADIUM and, once you have entered the stadium, card and contactless payments is the only method of payment. Please read our advice for fans for more information.

The Junior Tigers Club Area is open for two hours before kick-off with activities for fans aged 16 and under as well as the chance to meet Tigers players and even run out as a matchday mascot. The JTC area in the Final Whistle Bar. Membership is free. Sign up here

Stadium turnstiles, bars and food kiosks open from 1.30pm.

Please note that bag searches are in place at the turnstiles. Bags are not encouraged, but please allow extra time to get through your turnstile if you have a bag.

In accordance with stadium regulations, banned items include bottles, cans, large golf-type umbrellas and any bags that will not fit beneath a seat. More information is available on boards at all turnstiles.

MATCHDAY EXTRAS

The new-look handy-sized 100-page matchday programme is available at programme stalls in and around the stadium. This week’s edition includes an anniversary celebration of a landmark day in Tigers history – when the world champions were beaten at Welford Road – in the words of the men involved. There’s also Quickfire Question Time with summer signing  Joe Thomas, the big-match preview, and all the news and views, and facts and figures from inside Welford Road.

The programme is priced £3. Programme seller stalls outside of the ground take cash payments, with stalls inside the stadium cashless only.

Fan Radios (price £10) are also available from programme sellers so you can listen to the referee or match commentary at the game this week and throughout the season.

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FOOD AND DRINK

Tigers have teamed up with club partner Westons Cider to give supporters the chance to win a bundle of prizes on matchdays in of a new scratch card promotion. Fans who purchase a Stowford Press cider or Stowford Press Mixed Berries will receive a free scratch card with every pint, with the chance to win thousands of prizes.

The ABC Bar and Crumbie Lounge in The Breedon Stand have been updated for this season while other bars to have had a refurbishment include the re-named Scrum Dogs, Blindside Kitchen and Grubber Pie Co. bars on the Mattioli Woods Stand concourse.

Food and drink is also available at The Captains Bar in the Robin Hood Stand and The Final Whistle Bar in the lower concourse of the Holland & Barrett Stand. 

The Droglites Bar in the Mattioli Woods Stand is the best place to bump into past players, while the marquee on the plaza outside the Holland & Barrett Stand will serve refreshments before and after the game. 

APPROACH TO KICK-OFF

Hear from inside the Tigers camp with a player Q&A in Final Whistle at 1.30pm.

Teams from junior clubs and schools in the region join us on the pitch in the approach to kick-off as Flag Wavers and the Guard of Honour.

The teams will be led out by the matchday mascots from the Junior Tigers Club.

We are joined by representatives of the Bodie Hodges Foundation this week. As one of the club’s official charities, they will be hosting a collection and raising awareness of their work in supporting bereaved families of a child.

You can use the ‘Big Screen’ function on the Official Leicester Tigers App to submit photos of your matchday. A selection of the best will be shown on the screens inside the stadium and look out too for some behind-the-scenes video on the big screen. 

Kick-off is at 3.00pm.

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HALF-TIME

Half-time entertainment includes fan-favourite The Ultimate Big Boot and a special Zorb race in association with Weston’s Cider.

Fans are able to vote for their LeoVegas Fans’ Favourite from half-time up to the final whistle on the Official Leicester Tigers App, which is available to download FREE from iTunes and Google Play App Stores. 

We will also introduce the teams involved in the Prima Tiger Cup, the biggest and best event of its kind for the under-10 age-group, before they get their chance to play on the Welford Road pitch after the Tigers match.

STAY WITH US

After the match, there is live music from resident band Rock Bottom in Final Whistle Bar as well as music in the marquee on the plaza. 

Bars around the stadium will remain open so there’s no need to dash home.

The ticket office will remain open for an hour after the game. You can book your tickets for Tigers versus Pau in the opening game of a new season of European rugby or for home games in the run-up to Christmas.

The club store will also remain open for an hour after the game.