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Matchday guide | Christmas at Tigers

Kick off Christmas this Saturday afternoon as Leicester Tigers host Exeter Chiefs at Welford Road in the Gallagher Premiership. Our Matchday Guide will help you to get the most out of the occasion... 

CHRISTMAS FUN

There is a full afternoon of activities for supporters scheduled for the last home game before Christmas. We hope you have an opportunity to experience them all.

Enjoy festive music from German Jukebox, the oompah band, and from Loughborough Schools Foundation Community Choir on the plaza ahead of the game.

Have a photo taken in the giant snow globe or have a go on the rodeo reindeer, while Santa’s Grotto is in the Junior Tigers Club in Final Whistle.

Matt Hampson Foundation calendars featuring members of the Tigers squad will be available on the plaza and in Final Whistle this weekend and also at the home game against Bristol on January 4.

We’ve also got Pass The Parcel, Christmas music at half-time, special food and drink options

Don't forget your Christmas hats and jumpers too.

And, of course, you can do some Christmas shopping for the other Tigers fans among your family and friends at the Club Store!

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 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.

Beat the queues for city-centre parking so close to Christmas by using the matchday bus services run by 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 and depart 30 minutes after the final whistle. For timetable, route and more details, click here.

MATCH TICKETS

Tickets are 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-8.00pm all week and from 9.00am on matchday. Online services are available all day, every day.

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

Or, 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.

ENTERING THE STADIUM

Welford Road is a CASHLESS STADIUM. 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 is located in the Final Whistle Bar. Membership is free. Sign up here

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

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.

In light of the recent tragic incident at London Bridge and on the advice of the security forces, supporters are asked to remain vigilant to keep us all safe and enhance stadium security on matchdays. If you do see anything suspicious, please report it to a steward, member of staff or police officer.

FOOD AND DRINK

Special deals this week include a hot drink and Christmas donut offer, plus roast turkey baps and mulled wine and cider on the plaza. Or try a hot chocolate and Baileys in the Final Whistle!

Tigers have teamed up with club partner Westons Cider to give supporters the chance to win a bundle of prizes on matchdays in a 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.

There is extra space in the marquee on the plaza before and after the game, as well as kegs of Tigers prop Greg Bateman's 'People's Captain' ale. Look out, too, for new meal deal offers on matchday across the stadium.

MATCHDAY EXTRAS

Saturday’s match programme includes our annual Three Wise Men feature with members of the Tigers squad. The 100-page handy-sized programme is available at stalls in and around the stadium, price £3. Stalls outside the stadium take cash payments, with stalls inside cashless only.

Fan Radios (price £10) are available from programme sellers and at the ticket office so you can listen to the referee or match commentary at games throughout the season.

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 will join us on the pitch in the approach to kick-off as Flag Wavers and the Guard of Honour before the teams are led out by matchday mascots from the Junior Tigers Club.

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. Have your photo taken in the new Welfie Spot in the Mattioli Woods Stand and share it with us.

HALF-TIME

The Highs and Lows Children’s Choir will provide more Christmas music. The choir is made up of children with diabetes and was set up to offer children and their parents in Leicester extra support in a non-clinical environment while having fun and learning to sing. Meeting with other children, aged 7-16, in similar positions also helps them understand the condition better and boost their confidence dealing with it in public.

Look out for the Ultimate Big Boot and a special edition of the Golden Big Boot on the pitch with a chance for one supporter to win £100 of Joules vouchers.

We will also announce this week’s season ticket winner in the Tigers Lotto.

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 Bristol – the opening game of 2020 – to be played on Saturday, January 4. This is now a 1.00pm kick-off as Leicester City FC have a home game at 5.30pm on the same day.

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