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West Stand update

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Contractors have started adding the seating deck to the steel framework of the new West Stand at Welford Road.Supporters at last Saturday’s Kings of the North match against Newcastle Falcons had the opportunity to monitor progress in the stand which replaces the old clubhouse building and temporary seating at the Aylestone Road end of the stadium.   Since then, contractors Buckingham have continued to add to the steelwork as well as lifting the first parts of the seating deck and staircases into place, and starting some of the brickwork.   The new stand will house 3,000 seats upon completion, including the Clubhouse season ticket lounge, supporter concourse and staff offices.   Tigers meet regularly with contractors Buckingham, project managers FWP and architects AFL as the work continues. The media team have also had an exclusive tour behind the scenes of the construction, and all the photos are available to view in our Stadium Galleries by clicking here.   The new stand will not be available during pre-season or for the opening home game in the Aviva Premiership, against Harlequins on Sunday, October 25. All facilities on the concourse and seating deck will be in place for a full opening for the first home game in the European Champions Cup against Stade Francais on Friday, November 13.   The club is also working closely with the contractors in an attempt to have seats available for the fixture against Wasps on November 1, with food kiosks, bars and toilets provided in an enclosed area outside the turnstiles while work on the interior of the stand continues.   The Kings of the North fixture against Sale Sharks (October 10) and pore-season match against Loughborough University on October 3 are included in Tigers season tickets. For all other supporters, match tickets are on sale now from the Tigers ticket office.   All season ticket holders should use their existing cards for both games.   Season ticket holders will receive new cards following the Sale Sharks fixture to use for the opening Aviva Premiership match against Harlequins on Sunday, October 25.   Any new season ticket holders and also existing season ticket holders who have relocated seats or changed price category (e.g. Young Adult to Adult, or Adult to 65-plus) should have already received printed match tickets for the pre-season games.   All supporters with season tickets in the new West Stand have been sent tickets for other parts of the stadium for these fixtures.   The Holland & Barrett Stand is subject to a reduced capacity until completion of redevelopment work due to the loss of turnstiles at the Aylestone Road end and the location of the safety control box on the terrace. All supporters will be directed to turnstiles at the Welford Road End.   On matchday, a team of supervisors will be located at the turnstiles and Tigers Gameskeepers will be around the stadium to assist with any queries.   Book your match tickets now at the Tigers ticket office, in person at the Club Store at Welford Road, phone 0116 319 8888 or click here to book online.