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Matchday guide | Big day with the Tigers

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Mattioli Woods Welford Road hosts another rugby double on Saturday with Leicester Tigers against London Irish followed by big-screen live coverage of England against Ireland in the Six Nations.

Our Matchday Guide below contains everything you need to know about your day at the stadium.

Team announcements from both sides are at noon on Friday and there will be build-up to the game on the club website, app and social media, plus match preview on Saturday morning and full reaction after the game including LTTV interviews.

Kick-off at Tigers at 3.00pm and there will then be full live coverage of the Six Nations in Final Whistle and corporate hospitality areas from 4.45pm.

Wellbeing and Safety

To help preserve the safety and wellbeing of all stadium visitors, supporters are requested to wear a face-covering in indoor areas and congested areas around other people, and to follow directions of signage and stewards regarding entry and exit.

Take extra care over hygiene and sanitisation, and if a ball is kicked to you in the warm-up or in the game, please do not return it direct to the players or to the pitch. Instead, return to the ball boy team or a steward so it can be sanitised.

Stadium entry

Check that you are at the correct turnstile before trying to gain entry and please have your season ticket card, match ticket, print-at-home ticket or ticket on your smartphone ready to allow the easiest possible access to the stadium.

The club encourages supporters not to bring bags into the stadium in order to help minimise delays and contact due to searches at the turnstiles.

Stadium turnstiles are open from 1.15pm in the North Stand and 1.30pm in other areas.

Please follow signage and instructions from stewards in the area closest to players of both teams in the Breedon Stand and help us to safeguard the health of players, officials and supporters by reducing congestion the tunnel area before or after the game.

Match tickets

Tickets are still available to book for Saturday. Book by phone on 0116 319 8888 (option 2), online or visit the ticket units around the outside of the stadium on matchday.

Travel and Parking

Tigers matchday bus services are in operation on routes from Loughborough, Market Bosworth, Market Harborough and Oakham.

Places must be booked before matchday. Click here for details.

Parking spaces at Freeman’s Common are pre-book in advance only.

There is no matchday availability at the King Power Stadium.

Making payments

The stadium runs cashless payments only, including shops, bars, kiosks and programme booths.

Bars and kiosks


Final Whistle in the North Stand is open for any early arrivals. All other kiosks and bars open from 1.30pm.

Returnable cups are used at all bars. Supporters can claim a £1 deposit back when cups are returned. Only 10 cups can be refunded by one person and persons over the age of 18 may redeem the cup. Proof of ID may be required.

Club partner Westons Cider offer fans the chance to win prizes with a matchday scratchcard giveaway when you buy Stowford Press Cider or Mixed Berries.


The main Club Shop in the Beehive Money Stand is open all day.

The second shop in the North Stand is also open on matchday and there are shop booths throughout the stadium for matchday essentials including the 100-page matchday programme.

Season ticket holders receive a discount on shop purchases. Supporters can use any Credit on their Tigers account to spend on shop purchases.

This week’s 100-page matchday programme includes a celebration of Ben Youngs’ place in English rugby history, a full guide to visitors London Irish and the Gallagher Premiership, all the facts and stats behind the team, and news and views from the club. Pick up a copy from club shops or the matchday essential booths around the stadium, price £3.


Guard of Honour groups and Flag Wavers from local rugby clubs will play their part in the build-up to kick-off on the pitch.

One group of supporters will watch from The Best Seats in the House courtesy of club partners Mattioli Woods, and there is a chance to win a free pint in the Topps Tiles Golden Tile promotion.

Young fans can also look out for the new Fox’s Supporters’ Bingo activity to play during the afternoon.


This week we welcome the Tigers Academy squad on to the pitch for their Graduation Day.

The Big Boot, sponsored by De Montfort University, allows groups of supporters to test their skills and their nerve on the pitch at half-time. Give them plenty of encouragement from the stands!

Two supporters will also have a chance to win in the STIHL Blower game.

From half-time, supporters can use the app to vote for a Fans’ Favourite.


Supporters must keep off the pitch.

Your support is appreciated and the players will acknowledge the crowd from the pitch at full-time. They are unable, though, join supporters on the touchlines.

Please do not wait and gather at the front of the stands as we aim to reduce congestion and close contact in those areas.

The Droglites bar in the Mattioli Woods Stand will also remain open at the end of the game. Please note that the Crumbie Lounge in the Breedon Stand is not available post-match this week.

You can show you  support for the Leicester Tigers Foundation and its work in the community by depositing your returnable cups in the new branded receptacles around the stadium before you go home. For every returned cup, the Foundation will receive a £1 donation.

There is more rugby action with our Prima Tiger Cup event, with under-10s teams from clubs across the region following in the footsteps of legends on the Tigers pitch.

Six Nations

England versus Ireland kicks off at 4.45pm and will be shown live on a big screen in Final Whistle where the bars will remain open. The live coverage will also be shown in corporate areas.

If you cannot attend

Saturday’s game is not being covered live by BT Sport, but you can follow updates using with the Matchday Live service on the club app and website, or via the club’s social media. There is also live coverage with PRTV. See the Premiership Rugby website for details.