is the largest rugby union stadium in the United
Kingdom, seating 82,000 and the second largest stadium
of any kind after Wembley Stadium.
The stadium is the home of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and hosts England's home test matches as well as the Middlesex Sevens, the Guinness Premiership final, the EDF Energy Cup and Heineken Cup matches. The stadium is an icon of English rugby. The RFU releases 200 pairs of tickets to local residents for each England rugby game through their rugby post magazine.
If you are thirsty, each corner of the Stadium has a large bar, and there are many smaller bars on each level inside the Stadium. The food outlets are located around the Stadium concourse. There are lots of good pubs near Twickenham Stadium, visit our page on twickenham rugby pubs for more info.
Of course Twickenham
Stadium is also used for concerts - recently artists such as The
Police, Rod Stewart, Genesis, Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi, REM
and U2 have played at Twickenham.
The RFU releases 1,100 discounted tickets to local residents for each concert through their website - usually advertised in the free magazine that they send to residents every season.
It's also worth noting that the RFU maintains a consistently high level of security around Twickenham Stadium. With consultation with the police, security at the stadium remains high and people, bags and vehicles will be subject to search upon arrival.
Buying Tickets for Rugby Matches
There are few ways to buy tickets:
- Ticketmaster UK sell tickets to all the big games at Twickenham.
However there are also two professional ticketing networks that offer second hand match tickets - usually the best place to look if you missed the first day on sale, or last minute:
- Viagogo - they say "Buyers are guaranteed to receive valid tickets in time for the event. If a problem arises, viagogo will step in to provide replacement tickets or a refund in the rare instances where this is not possible."
- Seatwave.com - they say "Our TicketIntegrity guarantee ensures you'll get the tickets you ordered by the day of the event. If not, we'll find repla- cement tickets or refund every penny."
Twickenham Stadium TransportThe nearest train station is Twickenham Station, approximately a 10-15 minute walk away - with hot dog and burger stands along the way. On match and concert days the main road to the stadium is closed to traffic at key times. Richmond Station is about 40 minutes away. Strawberry Hill Station is probably also about 25 minutes away. If you are coming by car, see the section on parking!
The RFU lays on special buses to and from Richmond Station to Twickenham Stadium for matches and concerts throughout the year.
The bus fare is currently only 50p - leaving plenty of cash for a pint at one of Twickenhams best pubs! Its a much better idea to take the train and bus than trying to find parking near Twickenham Stadium.
Twickenham Stadium Parking
Parking on-site and around Twickenham Stadium is very restricted as most roads offer parking for permit holders only. In fact on match days a specific Controlled Parking Zone comes into effect.
If you really want to drive and park near Twickenham Stadium, here are our top tips:
- Arrive early - at least two hours before the match starts. There are many good restaurants, bars and pubs in Twickenham.
- Richmond Borough have 5 car parks in the area which obviously get very busy. However, some local homes, businesses and schools also offer up their parking spaces / car parks for around £15-20.
- Be prepared to walk. If you do not get into a car park you are going to have at least a 15 minute walk to the Stadium. Forget street parking around Twickenham town centre - but you may find some safe single yellow lines to park on in neighbouring areas.
- Alternatively, arrive by public transport - or stay in a local hotel.
The World Rugby Museum at Twickenham Stadium is home to a global collection of rugby football memorabilia. On a Stadium Tour, get behind the scene of the worlds largest rugby stadium.
Twickenham RugbyIn addition to the high profile rugby games played at Twickenham Stadium, you can also watch Twickenham Rugby Club who play in Hampton and Harlequins Rugby Club across the road from the Stadium. See our rugby page for more info on other local rugby.
Will Matches Be Cancelled in Bad Weather?
Generally rain will not prevent a match being played, and even snow can be cleared very quickly. But in extreme weather it's worth contacting the RFU to confirm the match is taking place.
Rugby World CupEngland fought off rival bids from South Africa and Italy to win the right to stage the 2015 Rugby World Cup between 4 September and 17 October 2015. As well as bringing an estimated £2.1bn in economic benefits to the British economy, England's package is projected to generate £300m for the International Rugby Board.
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