Leicester Tigers kick off a new season at Mattioli Woods Welford Road on Saturday with a home game against Newcastle Falcons. Our Matchday Guide includes all of the information you need to get the most out of the day.
- Tributes will be paid to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II ahead of kick-off
- Turnstiles open from 1.15pm
- Activities on the plaza area from noon on Saturday
- Matchday bus service is in operation on four routes
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Premiership Rugby is united in paying tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her inspirational life of service and her unparalleled contribution to the United Kingdom.
There will be a minute’s silence when the teams run out followed by the National Anthem, ‘God Save The King’, while big screens and LED screens will carry commemorative messaging until kick-off.
This game is included in all Tigers season tickets and all areas of the stadium will be open.
Games in the 2022/23 have been uploaded to existing season ticket cards.
New cards are distributed only to new season ticket holders and to supporters who change seats or categories.
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.
If you buy a match ticket and then decide to upgrade to a season ticket, we will deduct the cost the game under the Try Before You Buy initiative.
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
Young supporters can visit the facepainter or try the Burns' Kick Challenge and Tryline Tussle inflatables, and there is a marquee and extra seating, food and drink outlets, and the chance to take your photo with the Gallagher Premiership trophy.
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.
Stadium turnstiles are open from 1.15pm in the Yodel (North) Stand and 1.30pm in other areas.
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 1.15pm/1.30pm as above.
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.
Hotel Brooklyn next to the stadium is now open for overnight accommodation, food and drink or simply to enjoy on matchdays or any other day. Supporters are offered a discount of 10 per cent on all bedroom and suite bookings, and there are further reductions on food and beverage when guests stay. To take advantage of this offer, email your request direct to [email protected] and staff will create the booking and answer any questions.
To find out more about Hotel Brooklyn, click here.
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.
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 welcome to the squad’s newcomers, all the stats from the end of the 2021/22 season and a look ahead to Round 2 of the new campaign, women’s team update, the new First XV feature, and the news and views from inside the Tigers camp.
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 returns! With its own activities, games and entertainment, plus appearances from Tigers players, 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.
The tributes to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II take place with both teams on the pitch ahead of kick-off. See above for details.
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, plus a DJ 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
This game is not scheduled for broadcast by BT Sport but you can still watch live with PRTV.
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.