WHAT’S ON: London Irish v Harlequins, Saturday 28 September (kick-off 3pm)
London Irish are back at the Madejski Stadium for first time in the 2019/20 season as they play old rivals Harlequins in round 2 of the Premiership Rugby Cup. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game…
- Tickets are available from £24 for adults and £5 for children if you book in advance by calling the Ticket Office on 0118 968 1016 or online by clicking here.
- There is a 25% discount for 10 or more adults.
- All ticket prices increase by £3 on the day.
- For full information on ticket pricing, including match day prices, please click here.
The Craic is back!
- To kick off the season in style, The Craic will be back in the North Stand concourse before and after the game, with live music from Exiles favourites Ruairi MacManus, Ronan MacManus and Fionnghuala Deveraux.
- The Craic will be open from 1.30pm to 2.30pm, and again following the final whistle. The bar in the North Stand will be open both pre and post-match.
- When The Craic is on, the Club Room will not be open after the game. The Windsor Lounge bar will still be open.
- Please refer to the diagram at the bottom of this page to see where you can find The Craic.
MacMillan Coffee Morning
London Irish will be hosting a Coffee Morning in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support. There will be a cake sale, tea and coffee in the Supporter Village before the game.
Please bring all baked good donations to the Supporter Village outside the ticket office (homemade or shop bought is fine!)
Remember some extra cash to buy a cake and help make a difference to those living with cancer.
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, entertaining clients or simply looking for an enhanced match day experience, we have a hospitality offering perfect for you.
Why not try our new 1898 Club? The recently refurbished lounge offers a contemporary and stylish environment to enjoy a delicious lunch, pre-match player Q&A and panoramic views of the pitch.
For the younger supporters, Digger’s Dugout will be in the North Stand concourse (the other end to The Craic) where there will be free face painting, inflatables and games.
If you would like a message to be shown on the big screen during half-time, please email your message to [email protected] by midnight on Wednesday 25 September.
For the 2019/20 season we are operating our own, dedicated, 700 square foot London Irish Store at the Madejski Stadium. You can find it in the VIP car park outside the ticket office.
We are introducing a brand new participation challenge at half-time. A London Irish player will kick a ball in the air, and all you have to do it catch it. Sounds simple... or is it?! If you would like to give it a go, Joe will be looking for participants at the start of half-time, so make your way down to pitchside!
Also at half-time there will be a Q&A with two players, and our first Patron Prize Draw of the 2019/20 season!
The Official London Irish programme will be on sale for £3.50 from the programme sellers outside each set of turnstiles (Gates 1, 3, 7 & 8).
Player signing session
A selection of first team players will be at the gazebo in the Supporter Village at 1.45pm for autographs and selfies!
Guard of honour
We are delighted to welcome pupils from The Oratory Prep school and players from Newbury RFC to take part in the guard of honour at the game.
Food & drink
There are a number of kiosks in the East Stand, Lower West Stand and Upper West Stand concourses selling a range of food and drink options including pies, hot dogs, wraps, gourmet burgers, pizza and soup, as well as crisps, chocolate bars and sweets.
A selection of hot drinks, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks are also available from the concourse kiosks including draught bitter, lager and cider.
All of the concourse bars now accept contactless payment. One till per kiosk will be accepting cash payment.
Parking is £10 at the stadium subject to availability. You can pre-book car parking through the ticket office by calling 0118 968 1016 or online at ticketing.londonirish.net up to 3pm on Wednesday 25 September.
The Madejski Stadium can be approached from the A33 Reading Relief Road which links to the M4 Motorway. Exit the M4 at Junction 11 heading for Reading on the A33. At the first roundabout, take the 2nd left onto the Reading Relief Road, passing the Stadium on your left. At the next roundabout (past McDonalds) take the first left onto Northern Way and follow signs to car parks. Click here for a map.
The M4 will be closed in both directions between junction 5 (Langley) and 6 (Slough/Windsor) from 8pm on Friday 27 September, all weekend until 6am Monday 30 September. The diversion route will utilise the A4 and A355, while the westbound slip roads from the M25 junction 15 to the M4 junction 4b will also be closed in order to manage traffic entering the M4. Please avoid driving in the area if possible over this weekend and use alternative routes or methods of transport.
Reading Buses operate a frequent R1 service between the Southwest Interchange bus station by Reading Station and the Madejski Stadium on match days.
Buses depart from the Southwest Interchange up to 3 hours before kick-off and work as a frequent service until roughly 20 minutes before kick-off.
Returning from the Madejski, services depart from Northern Way after full-time and operate for around two and a half hours. For more information on the additional bus services provided for London Irish match days, click here.
The buses will accept cash or contactless payment. It is £4.50 for an adult return, £2.50 for a boost return (18 & under) and £5 for a group return (four passengers travelling together).
Please be aware that stewards will be carrying out bag checks on entry to the stadium. We encourage you to only bring a bag if necessary and to leave extra time to enter the stadium. Please note that alcohol is not permitted to be brought into the stadium.
If you aren't able to make it to the game, you can follow the action at the MadStad on Twitter (@LiRFC).