WHAT’S ON: London Irish v Bath Rugby, Saturday 4 November (kick-off 3pm)
We’re back at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday when we welcome Bath Rugby in the Anglo-Welsh Cup. With adult tickets from just £15 until midnight on Friday 3 November then £18 on match day and under 13s only £1 throughout the stadium it’ll be a great day out for all the family.
Here’s all you need to know about the day:
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 pork stroganoff / wild mushroom and butter bean stroganoff with braised rice and 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!
Player signing session
Members of our senior squad will be outside the front of the Megastore at 2pm to meet supporters and sign autographs. The players love to get to know supporters so come and say hi - and don't forget to bring something to get signed!
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.
Volunteers will be selling Poppy's outside the stadium at the game to raise money for the Royal British Legion from noon to 3pm. You'll be able to find them outside the Club Shop, by the turnstiles and in the hospitality reception.
This week 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.
Be sure to listen out for the team announcement because it’s a special one this weekend! 12 year old Nicholas Quinn won our team announcer competition and will be announcing the London Irish line-up before kick-off. To be kept in the loop with match day competitions and all things London Irish, make sure you’re subscribed to our newsletter by clicking here.
It’s a big one this weekend as we’ve got the Sumo Suit Poo Ball Challenge! Two adult and child duos will be kitted up in sumo suits to race each other across the pitch at half-time to push our giant rugby balls to the winning line for the chance to win a prize from our London Irish Lucky Prize Board - phew! Guaranteed to keep you entertained during the break.
The Club Room in the Princess Suite will be open as usual after the game with a Q&A and live music from Ronan MacManus.
Head to the Megastore to browse our replica kit, training range and leisure wear, including our new winter range to keep you warm as the weather turns colder. We've got everything from hats and coats, to scarves and wraps!
Offering you access to the referee's mic throughout the match, the radios are just £10 and can be used at every Premiership club ground throughout the season. They will be on sale in the Megastore and at the programme selling points. The radios will also give you access to live match commentary during Aviva Premiership games. The batteries are replaceable, and they even double up as an FM radio!
The Official London Irish programme will be on sale for £4 from the programme sellers outside the Megastore and Gates 1, 7 and 8. This week is a Topsy Ojo special to celebrate him breaking London Irish’s all-time appearance record at the Stade Français game so be sure to pick one up!
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.
There are a number of meal deals:
• Hot food item and beer or wine: £8
• Snack and hot drink or soft drink: £3.50
• Hot food item and hot drink or soft drink: £5.70
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 and 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.
TICKETS - Kids for a quid!
With adult tickets from £15 and under 13s just £1 throughout the stadium, a family of four can have a great day out for just £32 if you buy your tickets before midnight on Friday 3 November! Buy your tickets now through www.lidirect.co.uk. Tickets will increase to match day prices from midnight on the day of the game to £18 for adults with under 13s remaining just £1 throughout the stadium and will be availabley from the Madejski Stadium ticket office on the day. For full information on ticket pricing, including match day prices, please click here.
London Irish Membership cards are valid for this game.
Parking is £10 at the stadium subject to availability. The Mereoak Park & Ride will also be operating, 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).