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Matchday guide | Tigers Time again

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Leicester Tigers host Newcastle Falcons at Mattioli Woods Welford Road in a 7.00pm kick-off on Friday (August 26) in the last of the pre-season fixtures before the new campaign. Check out our Matchday Guide for more information.

  • Pre-season fixture IS INCLUDED in season tickets
  • Turnstiles open from 5.45pm
  • Matchday bus service is in operation on four routes

Tickets and Stadium entry

Allow plenty of time to travel to the game at the start of the bank Holiday weekend and check your ticket to locate the correct turnstile before trying to gain entry to the stadium. 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.

This game is included in all Tigers season tickets and all areas of the stadium will be open.

Match tickets are still available. Book online or phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2). Or visit the ticket units on matchday but please allow time to find your turnstile and place in the stadium ahead of kick-off.

If you have any issues with a ticket booking, call the ticket office ahead of the game on 0116 319 8888 (option 2).

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.

Follow signage and instructions from stewards in the areas closest to the teams in the Breedon Stand and help us to safeguard the welfare of players, officials and supporters by reducing congestion in the tunnel area before and after the game.

Opening times

Stadium turnstiles are open from 5.45pm in all areas this week.

Plaza activities

Young supporters can take on the Kicking Challenge on the plaza ahead of kick-off and there is also a chance to take your photo with the Gallagher Premiership trophy.

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.

Staying over

Hotel Brooklyn next to the stadium is now open for overnight accommodation, food and drink or simply to enjoy on matchdays or any other day. Supporters are offered a discount of 10 per cent on all bedroom and suite bookings, and there are further reductions on food and beverage when guests stay. To take advantage of this offer, email your request direct to [email protected] and staff will create the booking and answer any questions.

To Find out more about the hotel, click here.

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 early arrivals. The bar on the plaza is also a good meeting place for friends ahead of the game.

All other kiosks and bars open with the turnstiles from 5.45pm.

Tigers and stadium caterers Levy are introducing single-use paper cups on a trial basis in the Mattioli Woods Stand as part of work on increasing recycling and reducing waste. This initiative is also part of re-introducing single-use cups across the stadium to improve queue times and take away the need for supporters to pay and collect their £1 deposit.

And for every cup you put in the bin afterwards, Levy will make a 10p donation towards the Leicester Tigers Foundation and Wheelchair Rugby Team!

Wellbeing and Safety

Please continue to take extra care over hygiene and sanitisation. 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 main Club Shop in the Beehive Money Stand is open all day.

The second shop in the North Stand is also open on matchdays and there are shop booths around the stadium for matchday essentials.

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

There is no matchday programme for the pre-season fixture, but a 100-page edition returns for the new Gallagher Premiership season.


Guard of Honour and Flag Shaker teams play their part in the build-up to the game and welcome the teams.


Look out for The Ultimate Big Boot, sponsored by De Montfort University, which provides a test of skill and nerve on the pitch.


Supporters must keep off the pitch at all times.

Final Whistle in the North Stand and the Droglites bar in the Mattioli Woods Stand remain open at the end of the game.

The main ticket point outside the Yodel (North) Stand will remain open after the game for season ticket sales and match ticket sales for the opening stages of the Gallagher Premiership and Premiership Rugby Cup campaign.

If you are unable to attend

The club is providing livestream coverage of this game. Click here for more details.

You can follow updates on the club app and website, or via the club’s social media.

Coming soon…

Relaunch of the Junior Tigers Club, activities and attractions on the plaza, 100-page matchday programme, return of post-match band Rock Bottom in Final Whistle, Fox’s Bingo and Stowford scratch cards, Fans Favourite, Matchday Live coverage – all return for the first home game of the new season, against Newcastle Falcons at Mattioli Woods Welford Road on Saturday, September 17 (3.00pm). Look out for a full list of entertainment and attractions in the build-up to the game and book your tickets now.