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Guide to the Gardens | Loughborough Lightning vs Bristol Bears
Guide to the Gardens | Loughborough Lightning vs Bristol Bears
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Guide to the Gardens: Loughborough Lightning vs Bristol Bears

  • Stadium opens 2pm, kick-off 3pm.
  • A range of Lightning merchandise will be available exclusively in the Saints Store, don’t miss out!
  • ​Additional food units will be open inside the Rodber Bar.
  • ​Tickets still available for just £7 adults / £3 juniors*.

Loughborough Lightning head back to cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens for their fourth clash in Northampton of the season on Saturday 4 March (kick-off: 3pm).

After claiming their third win at the ground two weeks ago, Lightning return to the Gardens for their last home match before the Allianz Premier 15s takes a break during the TikTok Women’s Six Nations. 

Tickets for the clash on Saturday are still available from just £7 adult / £3 junior*. While Saturday’s match is not included in Saints’ 22/23 Season Ticket package, Northampton Season Ticket Holders can enjoy discounted prices for Loughborough’s matches. These can be accessed by signing into your Season Ticket account before purchasing. 

For more detail on everything that’s going at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens (including opening times and other important information) please click on the titles below...

  • + TICKETS

    • Tickets for Loughborough Lightning vs Bristol Bears are still available to purchase HERE – with prices starting at £7 adult / £3 junior*.
    • Please note, seating for this match is unreserved in the Carlsberg Stand – Saints Season Ticket Holders may not be able to sit in their regular seat.
    • Your match tickets are attached to your purchase confirmation email – please ensure you have these either printed on A4 paper, viewable on your smartphone, or added to your smartphone digital wallet before arriving at the stadium. Screenshots of your tickets are not accepted by the scanners on our turnstiles.
    • Please note, Saints Season Ticket Holders will not be able to access the ground using their 2022/23 Season Ticket cards.
    • However, Northampton Season Ticket Holders can enjoy discounted prices for Loughborough’s matches – this discount can be accessed by signing into your Season Ticket account before purchasing.

     

  • + SAINTS STORE

    • The Saints Store is open from 10am on matchday until kick-off (3pm). Once you have entered the ground, you will not be able to access the Saints Store. 
    • A range of Loughborough Lightning merchandise will be available exclusively in the Saints Store on Saturday, so be sure to head there to see what’s on offer.
    • Please note, our Village Store will not be open for this match.

     

  • + TICKET OFFICE

    • The Ticket Office will be open inside the Saints Store from 10am on Saturday, with the windows then opening from 12pm until kick-off (3pm).
    • Those who 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.

     

  • + ENTERTAINMENT

    • Please give a big cheer for Saturday’s mascot Ella Humphrey as she runs out with Lightning! Ella is 11 and her favourite Loughborough player is Jess Weaver.
    • Stick in your seats at half-time to hear from some of Lightning’s stars, as Saturday’s Club of the Match, Towcestrians RFC – who will form the Guard of Honour as the teams run out – take part in a Q&A session. 
    • And stick around after the match to see if you can catch one of the balls signed by the Loughborough Lightning squad.

     

  • + FOOD & DRINK

    • Please note, food and drink will only be available from within the Rodber Bar, with all Supporter Village units closed on Saturday. 
    • A range of hot food and hot and cold beverages will be available within the Rodber Bar, with an additional Saul’s of Spratton unit open in the Rodber Bar too. 
    • Please be aware that cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens is a cashless stadium; all bars and food outlets will only accept card payments.
    • Bars will close at approximately 5.15pm.

     

  • + CAR PARKING

    • Car Parking (in Car Park A, B & C, NN5 5AX) will be available for £3 on the day via contactless payment upon arrival. Car parking tickets are not available to purchase in advance. Car Parks open at 1pm, with the stadium opening its gates at 2pm.
    • Please note, seasonal Saints Car Park passes are not valid for this fixture.
    • After the Car Parks close at 6.30pm on Saturday, there will be no access to any vehicle left behind 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.

     

  • + 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 and 3 – stewards will be on hand to direct you and will manage exit and re-entry into the stadium.

     

  • + OTHER IMPORTANT INFO

    • ​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.
    • With no RFU-appointed timekeeper in attendance at the game on Saturday, the in-stadium clocks will not stop during the game. 
    • Please note, Saints’ Fan Radios will not be in use on Saturday. 

     

MATCHDAY TIMINGS

10am Ticket Office and Saints Store open
1pm Car Parks open
2pm Stadium opens
3pm Loughborough Lightning vs Bristol Bears KO
3pm Saints Store & Ticket Office close
3.45pm Loughborough Lightning vs Bristol Bears HT
4.45pm Loughborough Lightning vs Bristol Bears FT
5.15pm Rodber Bar closes
6.30pm Car Parks close

* Ticket prices are subject to a £1.50 booking fee.

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