17 April 2018
WHAT’S ON: London Irish v Saracens, Sunday 29 April (kick-off 3pm)
Our final home game of the season will see a visit from Saracens in Round 21 of the Aviva Premiership on Sunday 29 April (kick-off 3pm).
2018 is the Royal Air Force’s centenary year and we will be marking the occasion by dedicating the game to celebrating 100 years of the RAF and supporting the RAF Benevolent Fund. We will have RAF stalls and activities, a military marching band and a world record drop goal attempt on the pitch at half-time!
Tickets are available from £23 for adults and £3 for under 13s if you book in advance by calling the Ticket Office on 0118 968 1016 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to noon) or online at www.lidirect.co.uk. There is a 25% discount for 10 or more adults.
We are running a special ticket & hospitality offer for all members of the Armed Forces and their families. If you’re a member of the Armed Forces, please email [email protected] with your MOD90 number for more information on the ticket & hospitality offer and code.
For full information on ticket pricing, including match day prices, please click here.
Why not see out the season in style with match day hospitality? Whether you’re a seasoned rugby enthusiast or a newcomer to the world of sports hospitality, with match day packages from just £42 + VAT per person we have something to suit every budget, and we look forward to welcoming you to The Exiles Experience. Click here to find out more about the hospitality packages we have available.
The Craic is back!
'The Craic' will be back in the North Stand for our final home game of the season with The Reels performing from 1.30pm until 2.30pm before the game, and from 5pm until 6pm after the game.
Armed Forces Careers Office
The Oxford Armed Forces Careers Office will be at the game with a 'Typhoon Time' flight simulator and Batak game, as well as a stall offering information and literature about careers in the RAF. You can find them outside the Ticket Office.
Military Marching Band
As part of our RAF100 celebrations, we will be welcoming the Royal Air Force Air Cadet band to the Madejski. They will be performing outside the Megastore at 2pm and on the pitch at 2.30pm.
RAF Benevolent Fund
The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is the RAF’s leading welfare charity, providing financial, practical and emotional support to serving and former members of the RAF and their partners and dependents.
Volunteers for the fund will be bucket collecting at the game and have a stall to raise awareness outside the Megastore.
For the Junior Exiles, Digger’s Dugout will be in the North Stand with free face painting, a bouncy castle and games, and you can pick up your free London Irish clap banner.
Ronan MacManus will be leading the traditional rendition of Fields of Athenry before kick-off, as well as performing in the Club Room post-match.
David Paice's last home game
London Irish club legend David Paice will be retiring at the end of the season, and this will be his last game at the Madejski Stadium, where he's played for more than 14 years. He will be leading the team out and taking part in a post-match Q&A in the Club Room, so help us ensure that his final run out at the MadStad is a special occasion.
World Record Attempt
You could bear witness to history being made at half-time as we’ve got an official Guinness World Record attempt on the pitch, so be sure to stay in your seats at half-time to cheer them on!
Horus 7s are a 7s rugby team made up of RAF personnel and was created after Cpl Rob Bugden was left paralysed from the waist down with no dexterity in his hands after a parachute accident. As a team they have undertaken a number of 7s competitions and fundraising activities to raise money for charity, including a previous world record of the longest 7s game, raising £3500 for charity.
At our game, two members of Horus 7s will be attempting to break the world record for the most drop goals in three minutes - a record currently held by Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell! Please click here to find out more about why the Horus 7s will be attempting this record and to donate to their crowdfunding page.
U11 Match Day Experience
Our community team will be running a coaching clinic and U11’s Festival at the nearby Leighton Park School for under-11 rugby players, developing their core and position-specific rugby skills, decision-making and game knowledge. Each participant will head to the Madejski Stadium afterwards to take part in a Q&A with London Irish first team players, make up the Guard of Honour to cheer the team onto the pitch and watch the professionals in action!
The Club Room in the Princess Suite will be open as usual after the game with live music from Ronan MacManus. The Man of the Match award will also be presented in the Club Room approximately 40 minutes after the final whistle and there will be a Q&A with Josh McNally and David Paice.
You’ll find the Club Room through the hotel, up the stairs and behind the bar.
Head to the Megastore to pick up a bargain from our End of Season Sale, including 30% off all replica shirts.
The Official London Irish programme will be on sale for £4 from the programme sellers outside the Megastore and Gates 1, 7 & 8. This edition features an interview with London Irish player and RAF Corporal Josh McNally.
Offering you access to live commentary throughout the match as well as the chance to listen to the referee's mic, the radios can be used at every Premiership club ground throughout the season. The batteries are replaceable, and they even double up as an FM radio! The Fan Radios are currently half price at just £5 each - pick yours up from the Megastore.
The Jazz Cafe
The Jazz Cafe in the East Stand will be open before the game from 12.30pm, at half-time and for an hour after the game.
Food and 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, 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, cider and Guinness and bottles of craft lager and real ale.
And there are a number of meal deals:
• Hot food item & beer or wine: £8
• Snack & hot drink or soft drink: £3.50
• Hot food item & hot drink or soft drink: £5.70
Early Bird food and drink offer
We will be running an Early Bird food and drink offer in the Windsor Lounge before the match. You'll be able to purchase a hot meal with a pint of beer, glass of wine or a soft drink for just £8.50 between noon and 1pm. All the more reason to get to the MadStad early, enjoy the craic and make a day of it!
For more refreshment options head to the Fanzone outside the East Stand where you’ll find the Yo Beef Burger stall selling a selection of deluxe burgers, bacon rolls, hot dogs and steakhouse chips and the Oinker Hog Roast stall offering roast pork rolls & baguettes and steakhouse chips. You’ll also find the Piglets Pie Cart selling sausage rolls, pies and chips and the Heineken bar and Real Ale truck selling Good Old Boy bitter.
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 www.lidirect.co.uk up to 3pm on Wednesday 25 April.
The Mereoak Park & Ride will be operating on a Sunday service. Please note, on Sundays the Park & Ride stops at Lime Square which is a short walk from the Madejski Stadium. for more information visit http://www.reading-buses.co.uk/park-and-ride/
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.
Please leave extra time for your journey because of roadworks around the stadium and on the M4.
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 until 7.15pm.
Please note that you will need to pay in cash - £3.50 for an adult return and £2 for an Under 19 return ticket. Click here for more information.
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) and Snapchat (londonirishrfc).