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Matchday guide | What you need to know

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Leicester Tigers host Irish visitors Connacht Rugby this Sunday lunchtime in the last fixture before Christmas. Kick-off is at Mattioli Woods Welford Road is at 1.00pm and, with new Covid protocols in place, all supporters are urged to arrive in good time to gain entry.

Our matchday guide contains everything you need to know about your day at the stadium.

Have your season ticket card, match ticket, print-at-home ticket or your smartphone ready before you reach the turnstile to allow easiest possible access to the stadium.

Wellbeing and Safety

You will need to fulfil the Covid protocols which have been updated this week before entering the stadium. Click here for full details and look out for your online declaration link in your email in-box which was sent on Friday evening.

Supporters are encouraged to wear a face-covering in indoor areas and around other people, and follow directions of signage and stewards regarding entry and exit.

Take extra care over hygiene and sanitisation, and if a ball is kicked to you in the warm-up or in the game, please do not return it direct to the players or to the pitch. Instead, return to the ball boy team or a steward so it can be sanitised.

The club encourages supporters not to bring bags into the stadium in order to help minimise delays and contact due to searches at the turnstiles.

Match tickets

Tickets are still available to book for Sunday’s game. Book by phone on 0116 319 8888 (option 2) or online. There are also units around the outside of the stadium to purchase tickets in person on matchday.

Pool-stage fixtures in the Heineken Champions Cup are included in all season tickets.

Travel and Parking

Beat the queues for Christmas shopping queues by using Tigers matchday bus services on routes from Loughborough, Market Bosworth, Market Harborough and Oakham. Places must be booked before matchday. Click here for details.

Parking spaces at Freeman’s Common are pre-book in advance only.

There is no matchday availability at the King Power Stadium.

Making payments

The stadium runs cashless payments only, including shops, bars, kiosks and programme booths.


The main Club Shop in the Beehive Money Stand is open all weekend, including from 9.00am on Sunday. The second shop in the North Stand is also open on matchdays.

There are also shop booths throughout the stadium for matchday essentials including the match programme.

Season ticket holders receive a discount on shop purchases. Supporters can use any Credit on their Tigers account to spend on shop purchases.

This week’s 100-page matchday programme includes a Tigers Three Wise Men 10th Anniversary quiz plus a full guide to the Heineken Champions Cup and opponents Connacht, all the facts and stats behind the team. Pick up a copy from shops or shop booths, price £3.

There are Leicester Tigers Foundation donation points in the Shop and Main Reception if you wish to support the Christmas collection for distribution of toys and other items to those most in need in our community this Christmas.

Stadium turnstiles, kiosks and bars are open from 11.15pm.

There is a festive food offering with turkey and cranberry baps, and mulled wine, on the plaza.

One group of supporters will watch from The Best Seats in the House courtesy of club partners Mattioli Woods, and there is a chance to win a free pint in the Topps Tiles Golden Tile promotion.

Young fans can also look out for the new Fox’s Supporters’ Bingo activity to play during the afternoon.

Please follow signage and instructions from stewards in the area closest to players of both teams in the Breedon Stand and do not gather close to the players and officials in the tunnel area before or after the game.

Guard of Honour groups and Flag Wavers from local rugby clubs will play their part in the build-up to kick-off on the pitch.


The Big Boot, sponsored by De Montfort University, is back, allowing groups of supporters to test their skills and their nerve on the pitch at half-time. Give them plenty of encouragement from the stands!

This week we will also have two fans going toe-to-toe in the STIHL blower game.

From half-time, supporters can use the app to vote for a Fans’ Favourite.


Supporters must keep off the pitch.

Your support is appreciated and the players will acknowledge the crowd from the pitch at full-time. They are unable, though, join supporters on the touchlines.

Please do not wait and gather at the front of the stands as we aim to reduce congestion and close contact in those areas.

The Final Whistle and Droglites bars will remain open at the end of the game.

Both shop units will remain open after the final whistle.

If you are unable to attend

There is live coverage of Sunday’s game with BT Sport and on terrestrial TV with Channel 4 or follow the action with the club’s Matchday Live service on the app and website, plus updates on the club’s social media.

There is build-up to the game on the club website, app and social media, with team announcements at noon on Friday, big-match preview on Saturday and full reaction after the game.