Welford Road is a rugby union stadium that has been the home of Leicester Tigers since it opened in 1892. The North, East and West stands have all undergone major redevelopments in the last 25 years that has raised capacity to 25,849. This makes Welford Road the largest purpose-built club rugby union ground in England.
The ground officially opened on the 10th September 1892 when Leicester beat a Leicestershire XV 17-0, with the two sides playing again in 1992 to mark the 100 year anniversary as Leicester won 40-20.
A record 35,000 watched Leicester play the touring New Zealand team on the 4th October 1924. Other significant matches at the ground include five England international matches between 1902 and 1923 and a single pool match at both the 1991 and 1999 Rugby World Cup. New Zealand defeating Italy 31-21 in 1991 and Tonga edging out the Italians 28-25 in 1999.
Tickets at Welford Road
Leicester Tigers Tickets
Leicester Tigers tickets are available to purchase online, by phone (0116 319 8888) or at the ticket office at the stadium.
Welford Road Stadium Tour
Leicester Tigers offer 60 to 90 minute tours of Welford Road, costing £12 for Adults and £8 for Children. Further information is available here.
Location & Travel to Welford Road
Welford Road Stadium is located between Aylestone Road and Welford Road, about a mile south of Leicester city centre.
Airport: The nearest international airport is East Midlands Airport, which is approximately 22 miles away and has connections to many European destinations. A little further further afield, but offering a great variety of destinations, Birmingham International Airport is about 36 miles away.
Bus: Bus routes 47, 47A, 84, 85, 86 and 87 all stop at Aylestone Road, a short walk away from the stadium.
Coach: Megabus offers cheap travel to Leicester and offers over 10 routes from Leeds, Liverpool, London, Loughborough, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield. You can search and book your tickets here.
Driving & Parking: The stadium is served by the following main roads:
- From North: M1, A6; passing Loughborough
- From South: M1, A6; passing Market Harborough, Lutterworth and Rugby
- From East: A47, passing Uppingham and Thurnby
- From West: M6, M69; passing Coventry and Hinckley
There is no onsite car parking available on matchdays, however there are several nearby options that can be pre-booked online:
- King Power Stadium (£6 per car, postcode LE1 5WW)
- LRI Multi Storey (£10 per car, postcode LE2 7LW)
- Leicester College Freemen’s Park Campus Car Park (£10 per car, postcode LE2 7LW)
- Leicester College Freemen’s Park Campus Block C (£10 per car, postcode LE2 7LW)
Park & Ride: There are three park & ride sites at Birstall, Meynell’s Gorse and Enderby which operate from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday and costing £3 per person. Further information is available here.
Train: Leicester railway station is on the Midland Main Line with services running south to London and North to Sheffield and Nottingham. The station is just under a mile away or about a 15 minute walk.
Walk: Walking from the stadium from the city centre takes about 20 minutes along Oxford Street.
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Last Updated on June 25, 2021 by Sports Tourist