By Jonathan, on February 17th, 2012
One of the most common questions we get about Twickers is whether or not you can bring alcohol into the stadium, so here’s a quick summary of the rules and regs, when we last checked with them.
Like any big stadium or event, the RFU have certain rules regarding what you can and cannot do within the Stadium. Of course the Police have their own set of public order rules, so don’t forget about them!
We’ll start with a few things that you CAN do.
- If you book early enough, it is possible to get a parking space.
- Be prepared for English weather. Although most of the Stadium is under cover, rain has been known to move sideways, and walking to and from the Stadium is definitely not covered. We suggest you go with layers – and don’t take an umbrella, as they are not allowed!
- Eat and drink in the Stadium, even in your seats… and even alcohol (unlike Wembley). There are lots of places to buy food in the Stadium and its grounds.
- You can bring bags into the ground, but expect them to get searched. There’s no place to store them, so if you do bring a bag, try to make sure that it’s one that you’re happy holding the entire time… or can fit by your feet.
But of course the list of what you CANNOT do is less fun:
- No smoking in most of the Stadium. It is allowed in the concourse only.
- Don’t park in the streets. Even if the permit holder signs suggest that it’s ok to park on a weekend, there are special parking rules on match days and the fines are increased. This area extends a full mile from the Stadium, so be warned.
- Don’t film the game. You are not supposed to bring in any recording equipment of any kind, but since everyone has a camera on their phone, this is a tough one for the RFU to police…
- Although you can buy alcohol in the Stadium you are not permitted to bring your own drinks in. In fact you cannot bring in any glasses, bottles or cans. It’s useful knowing that any beer or other drinks you do buy at the bars will be opened. Even in the case of water, they will take the top and throw it away. This is really irritating because it makes it much easier to spill, but they do this so that the bottle of water doesn’t become a potential projectile.
- Of course we are human, and this information is accurate as far as we know. Things change…
And speaking of alcohol, if you're going to a rugby game, please think about the local residents. Here follows an extract of a blog post from May 2015...
We’re generally pretty positive about all things Richmond Upon Thames. It’s a beautiful leafy Borough with great restaurants, pubs and cafes… and more sport than you can shake a stick at.
However, we’re starting to get a little bit miffed by some of the rugby crowds.
It started off just being a little bit inconvenient not being able to park on our road sometimes, or having to deal with a road closure. But recently the crowds seem to be getting more and more inconsiderate, and the worst culprits are the Army v Navy and Rugby Sevens matches.
Why those two specifically? The fans appear to be younger, drink more beer and have less interest in the game itself – almost as if they’re just out for the day with their mates and it just happens to be a rugby game. The fancy dress is fun, but it also acts as a disguise, giving people the feeling that they can do things they wouldn’t normally do in their own clothes / persona.
The morning after the most recent Rugby Sevens day the town was drowning in litter. Beer cans, broken bottles, plastic wrappers – you name it.
Of course not every fan who attended the Sevens created a problem. Thousands were perfectly well behaved. But clearly not all, and a higher percentage seemed to be littering and relieving themselves than normal.
With the World Cup being hosted by our Borough later this year we’re starting to get concerned about the impact of all these supporters constantly arriving on our doorstep – both heading for the Stadium and the Fan Zone.
Will the Council and RFU manage this process effectively? Will they have a more efficient clean-up process so that we aren’t wading through rubbish every morning? Will we have to foot the bill as taxpayers or will the arriving rugby fans do so?
Some of our followers on Facebook seem to share our concerns:
- What do you expect! Not enough bins, no cleaners around, people Pissing all over and utter carnage. Not exactly a new thing in Twickenham is it. They should have it down these days. Roll on the world Cup eh!
- It’s not difficult to identify the matches which are problematic – Army/Navy, Varsity Match, Rugby Sevens i.e. those with cheap tickets which attract a younger crowd, maybe less keen on rugby, out for a big drinking day. There should be more security and cleaning for those particular matches as they are out of the ordinary.
- I saw it this morning as well. A complete eyesore. It needs to be cleaned up much quicker than this. Why aren’t more fines handed out for littering? A lot of it also gets washed into the Thames when the tide comes in only to be washed up again at a later date. I hope it’s the RFU paying for the clean up and not council tax payers.
- Twickenham rugby ground made enough money yesterday on entrance fees, booze and food to employ private cleaning contractors. There venue caused the mess they should foot the bill. Saw some wicked costumes though…..
Please Mr RFU, make this a more pleasant experience in the future. Control the crowds, live up to your promise of zero tolerance, and make sure that the streets are cleaned before we’re walking with our kids the next morning.