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Guide to the Gardens: Saints v Leinster Rugby

  • Stadium opens 11am, kick-off 1pm
  • Deposit your EcoCups in the bins around the ground to donate to the Saints Foundation
  • Enjoy music from guitarist Steven Heath in the Village pre-match
  • Arrive early to enjoy special drinks offers in the container bars

Northampton Saints are back at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday afternoon, as the men in Black, Green and Gold welcome Leinster Rugby in Round Three of the Heineken Champions Cup (kick-off 1pm).

EARLY KICK-OFF
Please note the early kick-off time of 1pm – make sure you're at the Gardens with plenty of time to spare!

NEW RECYCLING BINS AROUND THE GROUND
As part of the Club’s green initiative, Franklin’s Gardens has been installed with a brand-new recycling system – so dry recycling, food waste and general waste bins are now available. Saints strongly urge all supporters to use the new bins, please speak to your nearest steward if you're unsure about which one to use.

SAINTS STORE CHRISTMAS SHOP OPEN
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? You can kick it off with a trip to the Saints Store this Saturday where the Christmas Shop is now open! 

The Saints Store is open from 9am, with both the Supporter Village Store and retail trailer open from 11am, so there's plenty of time to grab a few more presents before the action kicks off on the pitch. 

INDUSTRIAL ACTION ON RAILWAYS
If you're travelling to the Gardens by train this weekend, please note there is industrial action taking place which may disrupt your journey. Please find more information on the action at the following links if you're travelling from EustonBirmingham or Milton Keynes.

REPRINTING TICKETS
Season Ticket Holders new and returning, please remember your Season Cards this Saturday – there will be a £10 administration charge to reprint your card, alternatively a £2.50 charge applies for a single match ticket reprint should you forget to bring your card to the game.

Any reprinting of other tickets on a matchday will be charged at £2.50 per ticket – this includes physical and Print @ Home tickets.

DONATE YOUR ECOCUP TO SAINTS FOUNDATION
You can deposit your EcoCup in one of the Northampton Saints Foundation’s branded bins around the ground. The Foundation will receive £1 for every cup donated, with funds raised supporting life-changing programmes for children across the county. Please donate generously! To see where you can donate your cups, please CLICK HERE.

PRE-MATCH
Get down to the Gardens early on Saturday to make the most of special drinks offers in the Supporter Village before the game – until 12pm you can enjoy pints of Heineken for £3.50, with 20% off all other drinks from the container bars in the Village.
Please note; this offer is not available at the Real Ale or Brooklyn bars. 

We're delighted to welcome back guitarist Steven Heath this Saturday, who’ll be treating us to some tunes on stage before the game. 

The Saints Family Zone will be open again at the back of the Village – see if you can make it onto the Toolstation Challenge leaderboard!

And keep an eye out for the Northampton Saints Foundation in the Village, who have a new range of merchandise available to purchase.

HALF-TIME 
During the interval, we’ll be joined by Northampton Male Voice Choir who will treat us to some festive tunes before the action gets back underway!

POST-MATCH
And the Northampton Male Voice Choir will take to the Village stage after the final whistle blows to round off a superb afternoon of entertainment.

Please note: the Members Bar will be closing early at 3.30pm to allow staff to set up for another event taking place in the bar on Saturday evening.

CAR PARKING
Car Parks A, B, C and D will all be open as usual to season pass holders. Day passes for Claret Car Park will be available on the gate for £5 (cash only). Car Parks open at 10.30am, please use NN5 5JT in satellite navigation devices for Car Park D.

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 8pm on Saturday night, there will be no access to any vehicle left in the Car Parks until Monday morning.

Given that Franklin’s Gardens sits in a residential area of the town, Saints strongly urges 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.

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Guide to the Gardens