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Matchday Guide | Tigers v Saracens

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Leicester Tigers host a Christmas Eve cracker when Saracens visit Welford Road on Sunday (kick-off 3pm) in Round 11 of the Aviva Premiership.

Here’s a Matchday Guide to what’s in store for supporters.

Tickets are selling fast for this fixture. Welford Road will welcome its biggest gate of the season but there are still tickets available. Fans are encouraged to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Santa will take out on his busiest night of the year to join us pre-game and there will be a band on the plaza for fans to enjoy before the action on the field. Look out for club mascot Welford in seasonal costume too!

Tigers are also having a Christmas jumper competition and encouraging supporters to wear their festive sweaters. Keep an eye out for the Tigers Promo Team who will be scouring the stadium for the best-dressed!

There will be a Pass the Parcel game, which will be held in the stands at Welford Road during half-time. With a host of prizes on offer, make sure you’re in your seat for all the festive fun at the break.

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 for every home game in the Final Whistle area of the Holland & Barrett Stand and there will be a player appearance in the approach to kick-off. JTC membership is free to under-16s and you can sign up your youngster now by clicking here.

All turnstiles, stadium bars and food kiosks open at 1.30pm ahead of kick-off at 3.00pm.

Bag searches have been increased at the turnstiles in accordance with ground regulations. Supporters are encouraged not to bring bags but, if you do, please allow extra time to get through the turnstile and into your place in the stadium ahead of kick-off, especially as another big crowd is expected at Welford Road this weekend.

The SwipeStation ‘click and collect’ service is in operation in Final Whistle and lower concourse of the Holland & Barrett Stand to reduce waiting times for drinks and food service. Download the SwipeStation App now on your phone, order in advance at any time and collect your drinks from the fast lane at the bar. For full details of how to download the App and use it on matchdays, click here.

Glass return points are available in the bars as well as in extra points around the stadium.

Home and away replica kits and the training range are available in store at Welford Road. The Club Store in the Holland & Barrett Stand is open all day, with the second store in the Robin Hood Stand also open as well as extra units inside the stadium. The main store will remain open for an hour after the final whistle.

The 100-page matchday programme includes a wrap-up from last week’s official farewell to club legend Tom Croft, a look-back on the season so far and all the latest news from Welford Road. The programme costs £3 and is available throughout the stadium.

Fans can also submit their matchday photos by using the Tigers app and the Big Screen function. A selection of the best will be added to the gallery on the big screens during the afternoon.

Fan Radio sets – allowing supporters to listen to the referee microphone and/or TV commentary – are available in the Club Shop, ticket office and around the ground. These sets now work at all Premiership venues. If you have a Fan Radio from last season it will still work throughout 2017/18.

Half-time entertainment includes two teams going head to head in The Ultimate Big Boot and there is also the TigersLotto draw where one fan can win the value of their season ticket - and our Christmas Eve Pass the Parcel game!

Spire Man of the Match voting returns this week, with one lucky season ticket holder able to win the chance to present the prize to the winner after the full-time whistle. Voting is exclusively available on the Tigers Mobile App. Download it today!

If you have already downloaded the App, please check you have it updated to the latest version to make use of all functions - including Man of the Match voting and Matchday LIVE.

There is live music in Final Whistle after the game with resident band Rock Bottom, who will be finishing at 7.00pm before the closing of all bars at 7.30pm.

Match tickets are still available at the Tigers ticket office. Book in person at the Club Store in the Highcross Shopping Centre or phone the ticket office on 0116 319 8888 (option 2 )(open 9.00am-5.00pm Monday-Saturday and from 9.00am on matchday). Or book online any time.

There is a print-at-home option for all tickets bought online. Or, if you are picking up any pre-paid match tickets on your way to the game, the Collection Point is based on the plaza outside main reception.

The Ticket Office is open at Welford Road from 9am and will remain open for an hour after Sunday’s game for fans who are still looking to purchase a Half Season Ticket to cover all games from January to the end of April.

If you are attending the game, don't forget to click 'Going' on the Tigers Facebook Page event for this Sunday’s match.

Leicester Tigers Foundation collectors will be based around the stadium if fans would like to make a donation for a Tigers flag and support their work in the community.

Official matchday bus services run by Centrebus are in operation on routes from Market Bosworth, Market Harborough and Oakham. For details, including timetable, click here.

For season ticket holders unable to attend Sunday’s match but who want to forward their ticket to friends or family, The Hub is active at hub.leicestertigers.com. For further details, click here

If you are unable to join us at Welford Road, you can follow all of 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.

Team news from both camps is announced at noon on Friday via the Tigers club website and official social media pages.