Welford Road hosts its final game of 2018 on Saturday afternoon as Leicester Tigers host Harlequins in Round 10 of the Gallagher Premiership season. Kick-off is at 3.00pm and here is our guide to the big day:
Supporters are encouraged to wear their favourite Christmas hats and jumpers for this festive fixture at the home of the Tigers and we’ve got activities for young fans in the Junior Tigers Club from 1.00pm and on the plaza ahead of kick-off, including inflatables and a snowboard simulator.
The Junior Tigers Club area in Final Whistle also provides a chance for to win a place a matchday mascot or Tiger Cub, as well as a player appearance before the game. JTC membership is free to under-16s and you can sign up your youngster now by clicking here.
Tigers Flag Wavers and Guard of Honour will be on the pitch 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.
Enjoy Christmas music from Kibworth Ladies Choir pre-match on the plaza and on the pitch at half-time when we’ll also have two teams facing The Ultimate Big Boot, the TigersLotto season ticket draw and giant game of Pass The Parcel in the crowd.
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.
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.
There is a free shuttle bus from the city centre so you can fit in some Christmas shopping around matchday with services every half an hour from Highcross between 1.15pm and 2.45pm, and return journeys after the game. Click here for full details.
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.
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.
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 children’s food offers, too, at the Junior Tigers Club food unit in Final Whistle.
Sunday’s 100-page match programme includes our annual meeting with The Three Wise Men plus a spotlight on visitors Harlequins, the Junior Tigers Club pages, Fanzone Christmas photos and the news from inside Welford Road in the week that Geordan Murphy was appointed head coach. Pick up your copy around the stadium, price £3.
Please note that 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.
If you are attending the 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.
After the match, there is live music in Final Whistle with resident band Rock Bottom, and the main Club Store and ticket office will remain open for an hour after the final whistle.
Match tickets are still available. 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. 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.
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 on Saturday afternoon.
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.