Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers

Stands:

The biggest rugby club stand in the country in the form of the 10,000-seater Holland & Barrett Stand (orgininally the Caterpillar Stand), equipped with bars, pizza parlours and the biggest conferencing facility in the East Midlands has now been joined by a smaller newer brother on the Aylestone Road end with equally good facilities; most tills are also fitted with contactless payment which is useful as the nearest ATM is some distance from the ground. The famous old Crumbie Stand houses the changing rooms, a large standing area and one of the best atmospheres in club rugby anywhere in the world.

Setting:

A great stadium set on what is basically a big roundabout. Terrible for parking but walkable from the city centre and train station.

Food and Drink:

In a famously multi-cultural city, there are few cultures that are not catered for at the ground with curry, stir-frys, pizzas, pies, pasties and burgers all available inside the ground. There are plenty of bars too. And I mean, plenty of bars.

Getting there:

A 25-minute drive from the M1 but good luck finding a parking space in the near vicinity. The club’s plans to build a 1,000-bay multi-story car park next to the ground should sort that out. Welford Road is a pleasant 15-minute walk from Leicester train station.

Archetypal local:

Right up there with the most one-eyed in the league. No game at Welford Road would be complete without a chorus of “Forrrrrward” or “Offsiiiiiiide” at the remotest hint of a descretion. Leicester fans generally expect to win every game and that is based on years and years of hardly ever losing on their own patch.

Atmopshere:

When the ground is anywhere near its 24,000 capacity, on big European nights or whenever Northampton are in town, the noise created here is about as good as it gets.

Local Expectations:

Unbelievably high. Despite the workings of the salary cap meaning that no side should have a right to expect success every season, Leicester fans still do. Their board does too as a general rule of thumb and failure to lift - or at the very least, threaten to lift - a trophy each season has resulted in some dramatic dismissals in the last decade. The pressure on players and coaching staff is no higher anywhere in the league – if not Europe.

Banter:

Plenty of it on the famous old Crumbie standing area. Given Leicester’s record over the past few decades, it is banter of a triumphant nature that is difficult to argue with.

Chants:

Pretty basic really, like errrr, “Tiiiiiiiiiiigerrrrrrrrs”... and that’s it.


 

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Welford Road
Aylestone Road
Leicester
LE2 7TR

















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