It’s Derby Day under Friday Night Lights this week as Leicester Tigers host Northampton Saints at Mattioli Woods Welford Road. The Matchday Guide below contains everything you need to know about your evening at the stadium.
Tigers versus Saints is a 7.45pm in Round 16 of the Gallagher Premiership season, in the 50th Premiership meeting of the clubs.
Please have your season ticket card, match ticket, print-at-home ticket or your smartphone ready before you reach the turnstile to allow easiest possible access to the stadium.
Wellbeing and Safety
There is now no stipulation to complete a health declaration or lateral flow test to secure stadium access but, to assist with the safety and wellbeing of all stadium visitors, supporters are requested to wear a face-covering indoors and congested areas around other people.
Take extra care over hygiene and sanitisation, and if a ball is kicked to you in the warm-up or in the game, 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.
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 6.00pm in the North Stand and 6.15pm in other areas.
The Terrace has already sold-out but there are still tickets available in other areas.
Book by phone on 0116 319 8888 (option 2), online or visit the ticket units around the outside of the stadium on matchday.
All junior and family season tickets are automatically upgraded to adults for evening fixtures if supporters think these games are too late for younger members of the family.
Travel and Parking
There are extra Tigers matchday bus services on routes from Lichfield, Melton Mowbray and Stamford for this game as well as the established services from Loughborough, Market Bosworth, Market Harborough and Oakham.
Parking spaces at Freeman’s Common are pre-book in advance only.
There is no matchday availability at the King Power Stadium.
The stadium runs cashless payments only, including shops, bars, kiosks and programme booths.
Bars and kiosks
Final Whistle is open for any early arrivals, while all other kiosks and bars open from 6.00pm in the North Stand and 6.15pm in other areas.
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.
Tigers and club partner Westons Cider have teamed up to 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 from 9.00am on matchday.
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 picture special featurin The Forward Pack, an interview with player-coach Richard Wigglesworth, full guide to visitors Saints and the Gallagher Premiership weekend, and all the facts and stats behind the team. Pick up a copy from shops or shop booths, price £3.
Bhangra drummers will help us to build the pre-match atmosphere on the plaza outside the main reception and inside the stadium.
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.
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, and look out for a spectacular welcome for the teams as they run on to the pitch.
Young fans can also look out for the new Fox’s Supporters’ Bingo activity to play during the afternoon.
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!
From half-time, supporters can use the app to vote for a Fans’ Favourite.
Your support is appreciated and the players will acknowledge the crowd from the pitch at full-time. But supporters must KEEP OFF THE PITCH.
Resident band Rock Bottom return to provide post-match live music in Final Whistle and the Droglites bar in the Mattioli Woods Stand will also remain open at the end of the game.
The club shop and ticket office will also remain open.
If you are unable to attend
Friday’s game is being shown live by BT Sport, or you can follow updates using with the Matchday Live service on the Tigers club app and website, or via the club’s social media. You could even order a matchday programme from the club shop!
Team announcements from both sides are at noon on Thursday and there will be build-up to the game on the club website, app and social media, plus match preview on Friday morning and full post-match reaction including LTTV interviews.