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Matchday guide | Tigers return to Welford Road

It’s six weeks since the last home game but Leicester Tigers hope to make up for that absence with a massive day on Saturday as Wasps make the short trip to Welford Road in a Battle of the Midlands encounter. Kick-off is at 3.00pm and here’s our Matchday Guide about what’s in store.

This game is already guaranteed to host the biggest crowd of the season so far with only a limited number of tickets still available at the Tigers ticket office. Book in person at Welford Road, phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2) or online. There is a print-at-home option for tickets bought online. 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.

Stadium turnstiles, bars and food kiosks open at 1.30pm and you can hear from inside the Tigers camp with a player Q&A in Final Whistle at 1.45pm.

As well as the usual activities and kiosks on the plaza outside the Holland & Barrett Stand in the build-up to the game, we will also have inflatables for young supporters, rodeo rugby ball and live music with Smooth Criminals, plus bhangra drummers and dancers. We will be joined by representatives of De Montfort University who enjoy their takeover day featuring giveaways and matchday photos plus the DMU gospel choir.

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

You can use the ‘Big Screen’ function on the Tigers app to submit photos of your matchday and a selection will be shown on the stadium big screens.

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.

Fire cannons at Welford Road

Food options in 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 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. Sign up to the Swipestation app, add your card details and you can place your order at any time – even before you leave home! When you get to the stadium, use your phone to print off the receipt at your nearest SwipeStation unit and simply present it to bar staff.

The Junior Tigers Club is open for two hours ahead of kick-off and provides a chance to win a FREE place as a matchday mascot or Tiger Cub. JTC membership is free to supporters age under 16 and you can sign up your youngster now by clicking here.

This week’s 100-page match programme includes #ThanksTaity messages, a spotlight on Tigers’ Academy League winners, the Junior Tigers Club pages, Fanzone photos and news from inside Welford Road. Pick up your copy around the stadium, price £3.

Be sure to find your place in the stands well ahead of kick-off as fire cannons welcome the teams on to the pitch, with teams from junior clubs and schools joining us as Flag Wavers, Guard of Honour and Flag Runners.

Half-time entertainment includes The Ultimate Big Boot, the TigersLotto season ticket draw and DMU gospel choir. We’ll reveal the name of the latest Lumbers Player of the Month, there is a special presentation to members of the Tigers academy and a chance for supporters to pay a tribute to Mathew Tait who announced his retirement this week.

At full-time, there is music in Final Whistle with resident band Rock Bottom, and the main Club Store and ticket office will remain open for another hour.

Pre-booked car parking 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.

Official matchday bus services run by Centrebus are also in operation 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.

Team news from both camps is announced at noon on Friday on the Tigers website and official social media pages. Look out, too, for the online match preview with all the facts and figures behind the big game.

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.