Twickenham Stadium – The Home Of English Rugby – The Cabbage Patch
Twickenham Stadium is not only the home of England rugby, it is the largest venue solely dedicated to rugby union events. Bought for £5,500 in 1907, it was converted from a cabbage patch (hence it’s affectionate nickname) into the UK’s second largest stadium after Wembley. At a capacity of 82,000 it is the fifth largest stadium in Europe. The first rugby game played was in 1909 between Harlequins and Richmond and the matches haven’t stopped since! The 2009/2010 season was the 100th anniversary of the first international within Twickenham. To mark the historic achievement, the England team played Wales on February 6th wearing special commemorative shirts designed for the match.
Things To Do And See At Twickenham Rugby Stadium
The Cabbage Patch offers more than just a seat to watch the rugby from. Get first hand experience of the excitement of a match day, delve into the history via a stadium tour and the Museum of World Rugby and buy a souvenir in the rugby store. Not only a sporting venue nowadays, Twickenham Stadium also opens its doors for a wide array of events. Since the 1950s it has hosted London’s annual Jehovah’s Witnesses conventions, with around 25,000 attending every year. It is also well renowned as a music venue. Over the years it’s visitors have included Lady Gaga, Avenged Sevenfold, Iron Maiden U2, Genesis, The Police, R.E.M, Bon Jovi, Eagles, Richard Benson and The Rolling Stones.
The Walk Of Legends and The Centenary Wall
The Walk Of Legends is a unique feature to Twickenham Stadium and a must-see for any Rugby fan. It celebrates the greatest in English rugby and displays 46 of the best England players in history, including Jonny Wilkinson, Martin Johnson, Lawrence Dallaglio, Jason Robinson, David Duckham and Mickey Skinner. You can see the stunning feature if you visit the Lion Gate, next to the newly built South Stand. The walkway is made up of squares, the center pieces devoted to each of the famous players. The surrounding squares have been bought by England fans who want to leave their mark on the stadium. To celebrate the Twickenham Stadium centenary, a wall was erected in the same style as the Walk Of Legends. The Centenary Wall can be visited opposite the North East stand.
World Rugby Museum + Store
One of the most popular attractions, the World Rugby Museum sees over 25,000 visitors through its doors every year. Situated in the East Stand, it opened in 1996. Housing more than 25,000 rugby-related items, it has a number of permanent galleries and regularly hosts special exhibitions. The Rugby Store is situated in the South Stand (they also have a shop in Twickenham city center). During popular events, there is also a small store opened under the East Stand. Rugby Store sells a huge selection of England replica kit, England team branded clothing, souvenirs and gifts. Not an England fan? They stock an assortment of international replica shirts, training wear and equipment.
Corporate Hospitality Facilities at Twickenham
Twickenham hospitality packages are second to none. When booking Twickenham Rugby Packages always make sure the company use the official hospitality facilities within Twickenham’s grounds:
- Kneller Hall – luxury marquee, England players visit after each match
- Orchard Enclosure – marquee site, near the East stand
- Green Room – private suite in the North Stand, hosted by Lawrence Dallaglio, Austin Healey and Will Greenwood
- Player’s Lounge – Held in the Live Room, a Q&A session with up to 4 players
- Chase Bridge Hospitality Village – a group of marquees in the West Car Park
- Merits – a complex at Richmond College
- Rugby House – a number of suites and restaurants in the South Stand
- St George’s Suite – a restaurant in the East Stand
- Obolensky’s – pitch-side restaurant
- Wakefield’s – pitch-side restaurant