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Matchday guide: Tigers versus Wasps this Sunday

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Leicester Tigers host Wasps on Sunday in a vital Aviva Premiership Round 18 fixture which is heading towards a sell-out at Welford Road. Here is our matchday guide to what’s in store on a busy day for supporters:

Don't forget the clocks go forward on Sunday - we don't you to miss out on such a big day!

Team news is announced at noon on Friday via the Tigers club website and official social media pages, and look out for the match preview on the website on Saturday afternoon.

The plaza outside the Holland & Barrett Stand hosts a number of activities ahead of kick-off, including STIHL inflatables, the Aviva Premiership dugout and trophy, the Gabhru Panjab Debhangra drummers and live music from Madison Avenue in the build-up to kick-off.

We’ll also meet members of the Tigers Wheelchair Rugby Club who have clinched a league title already this season.

Tigers flags will be available in return for a donation to the Tigers Foundation, while the Warning Zone charity will be on site to talk about teaching life skills to children to stay safe on and off-line, and will host a bucket collection to support their work in the county.

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 this week there will be extra Easter-themed games as well as 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.

Increased bag searches are in place at the turnstiles in accordance with ground regulations. 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.

Supporters are advised to check their travel arrangements for the weekend with alterations to rail travel from Market Harborough and increased traffic around Victoria Park in Leicester due to an event there. Please click here for the latest travel updates.  

Official matchday bus services run by Centrebus are in operation on routes from Market Bosworth, Market Harborough and Oakham. This week, you can even pick up a free copy of Sunday’s Tigers match programme to help pass the time on the way to the game. For full details, including timetable and pick-up points, click here.

If you wish to purchase food and refreshments at the stadium you can download the  SwipeStation app now and reduce waiting times.

The SwipeStation ‘click and collect’ service has now been expanded around the stadium with units in Final Whistle, the Holland & Barrett Stand lower concourse, Robin Hood Stand and in Mattioli Woods Stand to reduce waiting times for drinks and food service.

Ahead of the game, download the SwipeStation App on your phone and you will be able to order in advance at any time and collect your drinks from the fast lane at the bars. For full details, click here.

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

If you download the Tigers app on to your phone, you can use the Big Screen function to submit photos of your matchday at Welford Road and a selection will be added to the gallery on stadium screens during the afternoon.

Supporters can also vote for the Spire Man of the Match using the Tigers app during the second half of the game. Click here for more details – and don’t forget to download the app now or update to the latest version.

The 100-page matchday programme includes a look behind the scenes at the Tigers victory in the Under-18 League Finals and meets some famous faces at the club’s 125 Dinner. The programme costs £3 and is available throughout the stadium.

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 work at all Aviva Premiership grounds.

Home and away replica kits, the training range, the limited-edition Welford Road 125 range and souvenirs are available in store at Welford Road. The Club Store in the Holland & Barrett Stand is open all day every day, with the second store in the Robin Hood Stand open and extra units inside the stadium open on matchdays. The main store will also remain open after the game.

Half-time entertainment includes two teams going head to head in The Ultimate Big Boot – both trying to top the season’s best score set by Old Laurentians RFC – and there will be presentations as part of a celebration day for this season’s Prima Tiger Cup teams.

We’ll reveal the name of the latest Lumbers Player of the Month, as voted by supporters, and present a season ticket holder with the value of their ticket in their TigersLotto draw.

Sunday’s game is heading for a 25,849 sell-out with only a limited number of tickets still available around the stadium. Book in person, phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2)(open 9.00am-5.00pm Monday-Saturday and from 9.00am on matchday) or online any time. Also, keep an eye on the club website for any season ticket holder places offered for sale as part of the Buy Back scheme.

For any season ticket holders unable to attend Saturday’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.

After the game, supporters can enjoy live music in Final Whistle with resident band Rock Bottom and the ticket office will remain open for season ticket renewals and match ticket purchases for the final two home games of the league season.

If you wish to follow Tigers on the road in the remaining games, you can book a place on the Away Supporters Club trips with John Griffiths in Final Whistle after Sunday’s game.

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.

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

For any supporters 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.