Leicester Tigers kick off another season of European competition with a visit from French club Pau this Saturday afternoon. Our Matchday Guide will help you to get the most out of the occasion...
GETTING TO WELFORD ROAD
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Parking is available at the nearby 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.
Matchday bus services are in operation with 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. For timetable, route and more details, click here.
Entry to all home games in the Gallagher Premiership, Premiership Rugby Cup and European pool fixtures is included in Tigers season tickets.
Match tickets for this weekend are still 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-5.00pm Monday-Saturday 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 bought 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 and, 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 in the Final Whistle Bar. Membership is free. Sign up here.
Stadium turnstiles, bars and food kiosks open from 1.30pm.
Please note that 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.
The handy-sized 100-page matchday programme is available at programme stalls in and around the stadium, price £3.
This week’s edition includes an introduction to new arrivals Jordan Taufua and Tomás Lavanini, all you need to now about the European Challenge Cup and visitors Pau, and a head-to-head featuring Tonga team-mates Sione Kalamafoni and Telusa Veainu, plus big-match preview, and all the news, views, facts and figures from inside Welford Road.
Programme seller stalls outside of the ground take cash payments, with stalls inside the stadium cashless only.
Fan Radios (price £10) are also available from programme sellers so you can listen to the referee or match commentary at games throughout the season.
The club is asking for one final push from the rugby community to help provide a final donation of any old or unwanted rugby boots (in particular, sizes 7-12) as well as any durable waterproof and warm clothing.
Fans will be able to drop any donations off in the Project Rugby cage, which will be situated next to the Leicester Tigers Maul on the plaza outside the Holland & Barrett Stand.
FOOD AND DRINK
The ABC Bar and Crumbie Lounge in The Breedon Stand have been updated this season while other bars to have had a refurbishment include the re-named Scrum Dogs, Blindside Kitchen and Grubber Pie Co. bars on the Mattioli Woods Stand concourse.
Food and drink is also available at The Captains Bar in the Robin Hood Stand and The Final Whistle Bar in the lower concourse of the Holland & Barrett Stand.
The Droglites Bar in the Mattioli Woods Stand is the best place to bump into past players, while the marquee on the plaza outside the Holland & Barrett Stand will serve refreshments before and after the game.
Look out for new meal deal offers this matchday.
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 join us on the pitch in the approach to kick-off as Flag Wavers and the Guard of Honour.
The teams will be led out by the 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.
As this is the closest home game to Armistice Day, ahead of kick-off we will remember not only the fallen Tigers but also everyone who has served and died in conflict.
Teams will run out on to the pitch just before 3.00pm and line up, facing the Breedon Stand. Please stand for the playing of The Last Post and remain standing for the recital of the Exhortation, two minutes’ silence, the Reveille and finally the reading of the Epitaph.
Half-time entertainment includes fan-favourite The Ultimate Big Boot and a special race for supporters in association with club partners STIHL.
We will 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 Calvisano in the next Challenge Cup fixture or for the Christmas game against Exeter Chiefs.
The club store will also remain open for an hour after the game.