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Here's all you need to know ahead of this weekend’s match at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens.
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Guide to the Gardens: Saints vs Leicester Tigers

  • Stadium opens 1pm, kick-off 3pm.
  • Cobblers kick-off at 2pm at Sixfields, so leave plenty of time to get to the stadium!
  • STHs – arrive between 1pm and 2pm and you can earn an extra 20 Saints Rewards points.
  • Solo-guitarist Dan Knight will be performing in the Supporter Village pre-match and in the Rodber Bar after the game.
  • Enter City Fibre's competition in the Supporter Village to be in with the chance of winning up to £500 of tech!
  • Head along to our Inclusion Hub to get prepared for Movember, with Hendrix Barber Company offering shaves in exchange for donations!
  • Drop your EcoCup in one of the marked bins to make a donation to Northampton Saints Foundation.

Northampton Saints take to cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens this Saturday to welcome Leicester Tigers for the East Midlands Derby in the seventh round of the Gallagher Premiership. 

The men in Black, Green and Gold will run out in front of a full stadium for the first time since December 2019 – with the Club preparing for a raucous, sell-out crowd this weekend.

Saints’ record against their local rivals has been strong in recent seasons, with Chris Boyd’s men having won five out of their last six clashes with Tigers in all competitions, but Northampton face a stiff challenge against the league leaders on Saturday afternoon.

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. COBBLERS AT HOME
As Saints welcome Leicester Tigers, our neighbours at Northampton Town FC are also playing at home against Carlisle.

Cobblers kick-off at the earlier time of 2pm but please make sure you leave plenty of time to make it into the stadium ahead of kick-off as there will likely be some congestion on the roads close to the stadium and around Sixfields. 

2. MATCH TICKETS
We’re expecting a full house here at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens this Saturday, with all tickets for the clash now completely SOLD OUT

Your match ticket must be downloaded prior to arriving at the stadium 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. 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.

3. ARRIVE EARLY & EARN REWARD POINTS
Season Ticket Holders – scan in through the turnstiles at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens before 2pm on Saturday and we’ll give you an extra 20 Rewards points to spend in the Saints Rewards app!

SMOKING

  • cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens is now 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 10am on matchday until kick-off (3pm) and will reopen at the full time whistle until approximately 5.30pm. Once you have entered the ground, you will not be able to access the Store, so be sure to do all your shopping when you arrive or as you depart. Our Saints Store Kiosk (located inside the Supporter Village) will open at 1pm until approximately 5.30pm, and the Saints Store Trailer (located just outside of the Supporter Village) will open at 1pm until kick-off.
  • We’re delighted to welcome solo-guitarist Dan Knight to the Supporter Village before the match on Saturday; Dan will begin his set from 2pm so head along to hear his set before the action on the pitch gets underway. 
  • 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. 
  • You’ll also be able to catch a glimpse of the stars of the future in our Matchday Festival out on the training pitches; on Saturday we welcome teams of Under-10s from across the region to Northampton from 10am. 

CAR PARKING

  • Car Parking (in Claret Car Park, NN5 5JT) will be available for £7.50 on the day via contactless payment upon arrival. Car parking tickets are not available to purchase in advance. Car Parks open at 12pm, with the stadium opening its gates at 1pm.
  • Please also be aware that there will be no movement in the VIP Car Park from ten 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 9pm on Saturday evening, 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.

AROUND THE GROUND

  • The Supporter Village will include a host of extra food offerings this weekend – with new vegetarian options including a falafel salad box at the Chicken Shop and a meat-free sausage at the Loaded Dogz stand, while grilled chicken will now be on offer at the Chicken Shop for supporters looking for a healthier choice. 
  • We'll be joined by City Fibre in the Supporter Village, make sure you find them to enter their competition and be in with the chance of winning  a family tech bundle worth £500 – including but not limited to an Echo Dot, a Ring Doorbell and a Nintendo Switch*! 
  • Head to the Supporter Village before the match to get ready for Movember, with Hendrix Barber Company in the Inclusion Hub before the game offering free shaves to supporters as they get ready for Movember’s Mo Challenge.
  • You can also head to the Family Zone ahead of the match to have a go at the Saints passing challenge and see our face painters!
  • We’re delighted to be joined by Club of the Match, Northampton Casuals RFC, who will be with us for a shirt presentation in the Village before the game, ahead of making up a guard of honour on the pitch as the teams run out. 
  • A wide selection of bars and food stalls will be open within the Village and stadium throughout matchday, including the Real Ale and Warner’s Gin bars in the Supporter Village. Please be aware that cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens is now a cashless stadium, all bars and food outlets will now only be able to accept card payments.
  • 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.

POST-MATCH

  • Saints’ players will resume handing signed balls out to supporters again during their lap of honour following this match.
  • Don’t rush off after the match; Dan Knight will be back in the Supporter Village after the game to treat us to some more music, before he heads into the Rodber Bar to round off the night with more tunes!
  • Both the Saints Store and Saints Store Kiosk (in the Supporter Village) will remain open until approximately 5.30pm, so you can grab a bargain on your way out!
  • There will be a staggered bar closure around the stadium, ending in the Rodber Bar at approximately 7pm.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION HUB

  • Our Diversity & Inclusion Hub is located in the Supporter Village, and this Saturday you can pop along to the Marquee to hear about the Club’s activities this Movember – as well as visiting Hendrix to prepare for the Mo Challenge.
  • Hendrix Barbers will be offering shaves in exchange for donations to Movember, while you can sign yourself up to join Northampton Saints' Movember team before the month of fundraising gets underway.
  • 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].
Northampton Saints take on Leicester Tigers in the East Midlands derby at cinch Stadium at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday 30 October.

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