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Matchday guide: Sunday at Welford Road

Leicester Tigers host Saracens in Round 8 of the Gallagher Premiership season at Welford Road this Sunday. Kick-off is at 3.00pm and we’ve got a full day of events and activities here is our matchday guide to what’s in store:

Team news from both camps will be announced at noon on Friday on the Tigers website and official social media pages. Look out, too, for the online match preview on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers ticket office and club store are open all day on Sunday from 9.00am.

Sunday is Scouts Day at Welford Road with supporters from groups throughout the region and look out for a pre-match video on the stadium’s big screens from ambassador Ed Stafford, the explorer and Tigers fan.

There is a Toys On The Table collection point on the plaza as part of the Scouts’ Million Hands Project and activities ahead of the game.

The collection point for the annual Leicester Tigers Scouts badge is also on the plaza where Tigers activities include the STIHL tackle bag and Tigers Maul.

We are also joined by official club charity Dementia UK, with their Leicestershire branch holding a bucket collection at the game.

Premiership Rugby and title partner Gallagher this weekend are showing support for Rainbow Laces, the campaign run by charity Stonewall to promote LGBT inclusion in sport. There is a new ‘rainbow’ Gallagher Premiership Rugby logo and volunteers will be handing out rainbow laces around the stadium.

Turnstiles, bars and food kiosks open at 1.30pm.

Club partner Westons Cider have 140 free pints of Stowford Press Apple or Stowford Press Mixed Berries cider available in the Final Whistle in the Holland & Barrett Stand. This offer is available between 11.30am-12.30pm, so grab your voucher from a brand ambassador at the entrance to Gates 15 and 16.
 
Bag searches are in place at the turnstiles. Supporters are encouraged not to bring bags to the stadium but, if you do, please allow extra time to get through your turnstile and into your place ahead of kick-off. 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.

Supporters attending the game are also invited to provide details of their travel arrangements as part of a survey conducted in support of proposed developments at the stadium.

Supporter food options inside the stadium include pie-and-pint offer in the Holland & Barrett concourse, Mattioli Woods Stand and Breedon Stand; and Domino’s Pizza in the Holland & Barrett Stand upper and lower. Chips are available in Holland & Barrett Stand lower and Robin Hood Stand.

There are new children’s food offers, too, at the Junior Tigers Club food unit in Final Whistle.

You can save time at the bars by using Swipestation to pre-order drinks during the day or on the way to the game. Sign up to the Swipestation app and add your card details, then you can place your order at any time. Print off the receipt at your nearest SwipeStation unit in the stadium using your phone and present it to bar staff. You don’t even need wi-fi connectivity on your phone once you are at Welford Road.

SwipeStation units are available in the Final Whistle Bar in the Holland & Barrett Stand, the Champions Bar in the Robin Hood Stand, and fast lanes in the Breedon Stand and Mattioli Woods Stand.

If you use the Tigers app, click on ‘Matchday Food and Drink’ to download the SwipeStation app for iOS and Android devices.

The Junior Tigers Club, with activities for young supporters and an opportunity to run out in front of a big crowd as a matchday mascot or Tiger Cub, is open for two hours ahead of kick-off in the Final Whistle area of the Holland & Barrett Stand, with a player appearance in the build-up to kick-off. JTC membership is free to under-16s and you can sign up your youngster now by clicking here.

If you want to know how the young fan in your family can run out on the Welford Road turf on matchday, check the JTC pages of the club website using the link above.

Fans can hear from inside the Tigers camp with a player Q&A in Final Whistle at 1.45pm with members of the first-team squad.

Ahead off kick-off, look out for the matchday mascots and the Tigers cubs who have the honour of running in a try on the Welford Road pitch before the big game.

We’ll also be joined by the Tigers flagshakers and Guard of Honour as the teams prepare to run out. To find out how your group can join us this season, contact the Group Sales team at Tigers by phoning 0116 319 8888.

Supporters can use the ‘Big Screen’ function on the official Tigers app to submit photos of their matchday and a selection will be added to the gallery on the stadium screens. We’ll pick some of our favourites for a gallery in the matchday programme too.

Half-time entertainment includes The Ultimate Big Boot, and a season ticket holder will win the price of their ticket in a special TigersLotto draw and receive their prize on the pitch from a Tigers player. We’ll also announce the winner of the third Lumbers Player of the Month award.

Sunday’s 100-page match programme features a spotlight on the Tigers academy, plus guide to visitors Saracens, the Junior Tigers Club pages, the Fanzone, Tiger Hunt photos and all the news from inside Welford Road. Pick up your copy around the stadium, price £3.

Official matchday bus services run by Centrebus operate on routes from Market Bosworth, Market Harborough and Oakham, arriving at Welford Road half an hour ahead of kick-off. For full details, including timetable and pick-up points, click here.

If you are attending the game, don't forget to click 'Going' on the Tigers Facebook page.

After the match, there is live music in Final Whistle with resident band Rock Bottom. The main Club Store will remain open and the ticket office at the Aylestone Road end will be open for match ticket sales for upcoming home games, Bundle offers and Half Season Ticket sales.

There is a print-at-home option for tickets bought online. Or there is a Collection Point on the plaza outside the Holland & Barrett Stand if you are picking up pre-paid match tickets on your way to the game.

Tickets for Sunday are available now. Book in person at Welford Road, phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2) or online.

Pre-booked car parking is available on matchdays. This goes off-sale at the Tigers ticket office two days before a match. Parking is still available to purchase on a first-come first-served basis at the King Power Stadium, home of Leicester City FC, which is just a few minutes’ walk away from Welford Road. Cost is £6 per car, to be paid at the barrier.

If you are unable to join us at Welford Road for any home game, you can follow the action throughout the day on the club website and social media, and there is full text commentary using the Matchday Live function on the app.