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Guide to the Gardens: Red Roses vs Black Ferns

  • Stadium opens 12.45pm, kick-off 2.45pm.
  • Get into your seat 15 minutes early to be sure you see the national anthems and cultural challenge from New Zealand!
  • See the stars of the future in our U13s & U15s girls tournaments before the game.
  • Please note that crossing in front of the Church’s Stand will not be possible; you will be able to move around the stadium in front of the Carlsberg Stand or access the Barwell Stand via gates 1 and 4.

England Women head to cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens on Sunday for the first time since 2001, as they take on New Zealand in the second of two clashes between the countries. 

After Red Roses posted a record 43-12 win over Black Ferns at Sandy Park last weekend, Simon Middleton’s side will be hoping to make it two from two in Northampton. 

COMING TO THE STADIUM

There are a few things you’ll need to be aware of before you arrive at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens....

1. COVID GUIDANCE
All attendees are strongly encouraged to both wear a face covering at all times while inside the stadium, and complete a negative lateral flow test before arriving at the ground on matchday – even if you have already had one or both jabs of a Covid-19 vaccine. Please note, there is no legal obligation to wear a face covering or provide a negative lateral flow test before entering the stadium, so the Club are reliant on supporter discretion within the ground. 

If you are displaying any Covid-19 symptoms and/or are required to self-isolate, please DO NOT travel to cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens. And if you feel unwell after arriving at the stadium, please return home immediately if you are able, or contact your nearest steward and you will then be directed to our medical team.

2. MATCH TICKETS
This Sunday’s clash is included NOT within Northampton Saints’ 2021/22 Season Ticket package.

Tickets are still on sale from £15 adult / £5 child* – if you haven’t already secured yours, CLICK HERE to purchase now.

Your match ticket must be downloaded and either printed on A4 paper or viewable on your smartphone. Screenshots of your tickets are not accepted by the scanners on our turnstiles, so please make sure you have a print or digital copy ready when you arrive at the stadium. Click here for a step-by-step guide of how to download your ticket(s). 

The Ticket Office windows will be open from 10am on matchday until kick-off, and then again during the half-time interval. Those that have not printed their tickets at home, or are not able to show their barcode on a mobile phone, will be able to have their matchday ticket printed at the Ticket Office for a £2.50 fee.

SMOKING

  • cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens is a NO SMOKING stadium. Smoking and the use of e-cigarettes is not permitted anywhere in the stadium or Supporter Village pre, during or post-match. 
  • Supporters wishing to smoke will be allowed to exit the stadium during half-time to use one of the designated smoking areas outside Gates 1, 2, 3 and 4 – stewards will be on hand to direct you and will manage exit and re-entry into the stadium. 

PRE-MATCH

  • The Saints Store is open from 11am on matchday until kick-off (2.45pm). Once you have entered the ground, you will not be able to access the Store, but our Saints Store Kiosk (located inside the Supporter Village) will open at 12.45pm until just after half-time.
  • The Club requests that supporters refrain from standing at the side of the pitch to watch the warm-up to prevent congestion – please watch the warm-up from your seat. 
  • A wide selection of bars and food stalls will be open within the Village and stadium throughout matchday. Please be aware that cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens is a cashless stadium; all bars and food outlets will only be able to accept card payments.
  • You can watch the stars of the future on the training pitches before the main action gets underway, with Under-13s and Under-15s girls taking part in our matchday festivals from 10am. 
  • Northampton Saints are inviting girls aged 12-15 to take part in an open training session from 12.45pm too, simply fill in your details HERE to take part. You can find all the details on the session HERE.
  • Don’t forget, you can drop your EcoCup in one of the Northampton Saints Foundation’s branded bins around the ground – the Foundation will receive a donation for every cup deposited, with funds raised supporting life-changing programmes for children across the county. To see where you can donate your cups, please CLICK HERE.
  • Make sure you’re in your seats 15 minutes early to catch the national anthems for both sides before Black Ferns perform their cultural challenge!

CAR PARKING

  • Car Parking (in Car Park D, NN5 5JT) will be available for £7.50 on the day via contactless payment upon arrival. Please note Saints seasonal car parking passes are not valid for this fixture.
  • Car parking tickets are not available to purchase in advance. Car Parks open at 12pm, with the stadium opening its gates at 12.45pm.
  • Please also be aware that there will be no movement in the VIP Car Park from 20 minutes before the full-time whistle for approximately 25 minutes. As usual, traffic management will be in place in Car Park D, Claret Car Park and on Edgar Mobbs Way. 
  • After the Car Parks close at 8pm on Sunday night, there will be no access to any vehicle left in the Car Parks until Monday morning.
  • Given that cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens sits in a residential area of the town, Saints strongly urge all supporters to use the Club’s car parks. Should they choose not to do so, supporters must park with due care and respect for the needs of local residents and businesses.

POST-MATCH

  • Please be aware that as a precaution to prevent the spread of Covid-19, players from both Red Roses and Black Ferns are not permitted to stop pitchside for autographs or selfies. So, we politely discourage supporters from approaching the players.
  • There will be a staggered bar closure around the stadium, ending in the Rodber Bar at approximately 5.30pm.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION HUB

  • Our Diversity & Inclusion Hub is located in the Supporter Village, and this Sunday you can pop along to the Marquee to hear about female rugby in Northamptonshire and how you can get involved in the sport at grassroots level. 
  • We will also be joined by Ella Warren of Northampton Saints Wheelchair Rugby, who’ll be sharing details on how disabled supporters can get involved in rugby too.
  • You can find more information on the Hub as well as links to useful support organisations HERE. Or to get more information on Inclusion at Northampton Saints, please email [email protected].
Red Roses take on Black Ferns at cinch Stadium at Franklin's Gardens on Sunday 7 November (kick-off 2.45pm).

* All ticket prices are subject to a £1.50 booking fee.

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