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Guide to the Gardens: Saints v Exeter Chiefs

  • Stadium opens 5.45pm, kick-off 7.45pm
  • Northampton Saints Foundation Foodbank Collection in the Village
  • Music from Northampton Male Voice Choir in the Supporter Village and at half-time
  • Live music in the Rodber Bar after the game
  • STHs - please remember to bring your Season Ticket cards!
  • Treat yourself in the huge Saints Store Boxing Day sale!
  • Free face painting and passing challenge in the Supporter Village

After a fruitless trip to a snowy Timisoara, Saints return home to Franklin's Gardens and the Gallagher Premiership to take on last year's runners-up Exeter Chiefs.

Currently in second place in the Premiership, Exeter head to Northampton looking for their fourth straight victory over Saints in all competitions. But with the men in Black, Green and Gold buoyed by a convincing win over Worcester Warriors on the road last Friday night, Saints still have it all to play for as they look to climb the table.

WEATHER
With the weather set to be dry but cool, Franklin's Gardens should boast the perfect conditions for rugby this Friday.

GRAB A BARGAIN IN THE SAINTS STORE SALE
The Boxing Day sale is still on at the Saints Store! With reductions across a whole range of products including Macron Training Kit and 2018/19 Replica Kit, you're not going to want to miss it!

And with the main store open from 10am and the Supporter Village Store opening from 5.45pm, you've got plenty of time to grab some new gear before the game kicks off. New coats, scarves, hats and gloves are available in store, so it's easy to stay warm in the stands as winter approaches this weekend!

SEASON TICKET HOLDERS
Please remember to bring your Season Ticket cards with you on Friday! If you don't have your card at the turnstiles, we will be forced to charge you £5 to reprint your ticket for the game. 

CAR PARKING
Car Parks A, B, C and D will all be open as usual to season pass holders. Day passes for Car Park D will be available on the gate for £5. Car Parks open at 5.15pm.

Please also be aware that there will be no movement in VIP Car Park from ten minutes before the full-time whistle for 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 9pm on Saturday night, there will be no access to any vehicle left in the Car Parks over the weekend.

If you are in hospitality and parking in the VIP Car Park please use NN5 5BG for satellite navigation devices. If you are in hospitality and parking in Car Parks A, B & C, please use NN5 5AX. For general supporter parking in Car Park D, please use NN5 5JT.

CLUB OF THE MATCH
Saturday's Club of the Match is Olney RFC, who will be completing the Guard of Honour on the pitch before the game. And don't forget to join us in the Village before the game when we'll be chatting to a member of Olney about their experience as Club of the Match!

Read more about the side and how you can get involved in this weekend's match day programme, available around the ground for just £3.50.

BUCKET SHAKE
This Friday we'll be joined by the Army Benevolent Fund as they bucket shake around the ground. 

Army Benevolent Fund, The Soldiers’ Charityprovides financial and material support both to serving soldiers and veterans, their families and dependents wherever there is a need and for as long as it is required.

This is a huge and open-ended commitment, and one that sadly will endure.

There will be a bucket collection at tonight’s game – the proceeds will be donated to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity to support their vital work in Northamptonshire.

Your generosity means that ABF The Soldiers’ Charity will always be there to provide support to the serving and retired Army family wherever and whenever it is needed. 

Please donate generously if you see them around the ground!

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS FOUNDATION
Northampton Saints Foundation will be hosting their usual tent in the Village before the game. And, as normal, there will be eight EcoCup bins around the stadium where supporters can leave their used cups to donate the £1 deposit to the Foundation. Old EcoCups will be accepted at these bins and the normal Cup Return Points. 

The Saints Foundation will also be taking donations to their foodbank collection in front of Main Reception and outside the main gate in the Support Village.

VILLAGE ACTIVITY
With this Friday's game still firmly in the Christmas period, we'll be joined by the Northampton Male Voice Choir who'll be treating us to some festive tunes!

And we'll be hosting another instalment of Question of Support - an interactive quiz that you can get involved in to test how well you know the Club!

Expect to see all the usual Supporter Village activity including face painting and passing challenge. We will also be joined by Club partners Spirit Hyundai in the Supporter Village before the game where there'll be three of their cars for you to have a look at.

HALF-TIME
We'll be joined by the Northampton Male Voice Choir who'll be giving us some more music while the teams prepare for the second half. And one lucky supporter will win tickets to the Timisoara Saracens game with Carlsberg Face in the Crowd.

POST-MATCH
Don't run off after the game, the Dave Spencer Band will be performing in the Rodber Bar post-match!

FOOD & DRINK
Saints will be continuing the 75% cashless system used at all home games so far this season, with four tills in the Rodber Bar and six tills in the Marquee Bar accepting card payments only, to reduce queues and further improve Saints’ supporters matchday experience. The Members Bar will also have a number of cashless sales points for this fixture.

Thanks to our partners Carlsberg, you can enjoy a special drinks offer of 4 Pints for £15 on Carlsberg and Tetley's throughout the season.

TICKETS
With over 15,000 tickets sold, only single seats remain for those wanting to watch Chris Boyd's men take on last season's Premiership runners-up on home soil.

To seal one of the few remaining seats for this must-see clash on Friday 28 December (kick-off 7.45pm), please CLICK HERE to buy now.

SAINTS v EXETER CHIEFS TIMINGS

10.00am

Ticket Office & Saints Store open

5.15pm

Car Parks open

5.30pm

Hospitality opens

5.45pm

Village and Stadium opens

5.45pm

Support Village Store and Ticket Office open

7.45pm

Saints v Exeter Chiefs KICK OFF

8.30pm (approx.)

Carlsberg Face in the Crowd & music from Northampton Male Voice Choir

9.15pm (approx.)

Saints v Exeter Chiefs FULL TIME

9.45pm

Ticket Office & Saints Store closes

10.45pm

Staggered Bar closures around the ground, ending in Rodber Bar approx 90 mins after full-time

12.00am

Car Parks close