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Matchday Guide | Tigers v Saints

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Leicester Tigers return to Gallagher Premiership action at Mattioli Woods Welford Road on Saturday in what will be the 251st East Midlands Derby against Northampton Saints.

Our Matchday Guide includes all of the information you need to get the most out of the day.

  • Turnstiles open from 12.30pm
  • Activities on the plaza area from noon 
  • Matchday bus service is in operation


This game is included in all Tigers season tickets and half-season tickets.

If you have any issues with your season ticket or a match ticket booking, call the ticket office ahead of matchday on 0116 319 8888 (option 2).

Match tickets are still available. Book online or phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2). Or visit the ticket units on matchday – please allow time to find your turnstile and place in the stadium ahead of kick-off.

Stadium entry

Turnstiles open at 12.30pm ahead of the earlier kick-off of 2.00pm.

Allow sufficient time to travel to the game and check your ticket to locate the correct turnstile before trying to gain entry to the stadium. Have your season ticket card, match ticket, print-at-home ticket or ticket on your smartphone ready to allow the easiest possible access to the stadium.

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.

Follow signage and instructions from stewards in the areas closest to the teams in the Breedon Stand and help us to safeguard the welfare of players, officials and supporters by reducing congestion in the tunnel area before and after the game.

Ahead of kick-off

The area between Mattioli Woods Welford Road and Hotel Brooklyn is the perfect plaza to start your matchday with offerings for fans of all ages.

Young supporters can visit the face painter or try the Burns' Kick Challenge, Rugby Darts Board and Tryline Tussle inflatables, and there is a marquee and extra seating, as well as a selection of independent food and drink outlets on offer in the plaza. 

A Jazz Brass Band will be playing in the marquee pre-match.

Club partners Molson Coors and Bentley will be on the plaza for supporters to get to know them, plus Tigers Treats in support of The Leicester Tigers Foundation.

The main Club Shop in the Beehive Money Stand is open all day. The second shop in the North Stand is also open on matchdays and there are Matchday Essentials booths around the stadium.

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

Travel and Parking

Tigers matchday bus services are in operation on routes from Loughborough, Market Bosworth, Market Harborough and Oakham.

Places must be booked before matchday. Click here for details.

Making payments

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

Bars and kiosks

Final Whistle in the North Stand is open for early arrivals. The bar on the plaza is also a good meeting place for friends ahead of the game.

All other kiosks and bars open with the turnstiles from 12.30pm.

Stadium bars use recycled and recyclable plastic cups. There is no deposit paid or collected for cups, hopefully speeding service at the tills.

To help keep a clean stadium and increase our recycling, caterers Levy have generously agreed to give the Leicester Tigers Foundation a 10p donation for every used plastic cup placed in the MIXED RECYCLING bins around the stadium. This will raise a significant amount more than the previous arrangement as the Foundation will receive 10p for EVERY CUP YOU USE AND RECYCLE.

Wellbeing and Safety

Please continue to take extra care over hygiene and sanitisation. If a ball is kicked to you in the warm-up or in the game, 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.

Match Programme

Look out for something special from the matchday programme this season, with a collectors’ ‘heritage’ design for every game and a look back through the pages of Tigers tales from previous years.

This week’s 100-page edition also includes a feature with Freddie Burns, ahead of his final Leicester Tigers appearances, all the stats from the end of the 2022/23 season and much more.

Pick up your copy – price £4 – at a Matchday Essentials booth around the stadium or the Club Shop units.

For young supporters

The Junior Tigers Club opens at 12.00pm and includes a visit from members of the playing squad.

With its own activities, games and entertainment, the JTC are is located in Final Whistle and membership is free to supporters aged 5-12.

Sign up the youngster in your family now, and come and see what’s on this matchday.

Wristbands are now available for children to wear at Tigers home games as part of a new safeguarding initiative. Supporting the club’s Lost Child practices, stewards will be able to provide wristbands for you to add contact details and seat number in the unlikely event of a child being lost. 


Guard of Honour and Flag Shaker teams play their part in the build-up to the game and welcome the teams.

There will be a round of applause for former Leicester Tigers player Michael Lubbock at Mattioli Woods Welford Road before this weekend's match.


Look out for The Ultimate Big Boot, sponsored by De Montfort University, which provides groups of supporters with a test of skill and nerve on the pitch.

Voting to find the Fans’ Favourite opens on the club app and the winner will be announced at the end of the game.


Supporters must keep off the pitch at all times.

Final Whistle in the North Stand and the Droglites bar in the Mattioli Woods Stand remain open at the end of the game.

There is live music from Rock Bottom in Final Whistle and a Jazz Brass Band in the marquee on the plaza where food and drink outlets will remain open.

The main ticket point outside the Yodel (North) Stand will remain open after the game for season ticket sales and match ticket sales including the Tigers Double Header on Saturday, November 5 when both men’s and women’s teams play league games at Mattioli Woods Welford Road!

If you are unable to attend

Saturday's match is LIVE on BT Sport ... or follow the action with updates on the Matchday Live coverage on the club’s website and app, or on the Tigers social media channels.