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Twickenham for Rugby
Twickenham Rugby Stadium
Member Name: jojo8948
Twickenham Rugby Stadium
Date: 24/05/10, updated on 24/05/10 (670 review reads)
Advantages: Easy access, easy to navigate round, good seat options
Disadvantages: Not very good toilets, expensive food and drink.
My husband and I have just got back from the Rugby Sevens at Twickenham, and being as we have spent two days there I thought it would be good to review it.
I got tickets for the sevens from Ticketmaster and I could pick the seats, but I'm not sure if every event has the same options. I would recommend sitting in either the north or south stand as they are directly behind the goals and are great seats.
As we are from Shropshire we actually stayed in an area called Brentford, which is about a 15 minute bus ride away, but as the weather was so beautiful over the weekend we did actually walk it on the second day, it took about an hour but was very pleasant. There are buses going to Twickenham from lots of areas so it's very easy to get to by bus, however the bus stop we stopped at was a short walk (5-10mins) from the stadium.
I believe that it would be easy to find if you were driving there too, as there are big signs everywhere, the only downside to driving is that the car park costs £25 a day.
I think the train station is only a short distance away too.
The stadium itself is pretty large. I think they do have music events and all sorts of other things going on there as well as sports. They have giant screens at either end of the stadium, which are great if you are sitting quite far away from the pitch as you can still see all the action. It was very easy to find our seats on both days as there are huge signs once you have entered the stadium.
The seats at the stadium are plastic folding seats, which are generally ok, but as we were there for so long they did start to get a bit uncomfortable, especially yesterday in the blazing sun, but if you are only going for a short event they are fine. I would highly recommend taking sunscreen though, if you get good weather, as depending on where you are seated there might not be any shade available.
There are various food and drink vendors at the stadium, and as expected they are very expensive. So I would recommend taking your own food if you can. We got 3 cones of chips and a burger from one of the stands and it cost us £14.50. The beer is sold in fairly large plastic cups and is between £4.00 and £4.50 depending on what beer you have. The food and drink vendors are mostly located outside the main area of the stadium but still inside the perimeter.
The toilet facilities at the stadium are not great, the longer you are there the worse they seem to get throughout the day, and some do tend to have large queues. I never expected the toilets to be gleaming though, but I did cringe when I saw people walking in there with bare feet.
The staff at the stadium all seemed very helpful and friendly. At one point we were sitting on the steps of the stand, as it was the only shade, but the steward very politely asked us to move, and we obliged. I saw a lot of people asking for directions to their seats and they seemed happy to help them out. They were also good at spotting people sitting where they didn't belong, as some young boys tried to steal the seats behind us on the second day, but the steward knew immediately that they weren't their seats, and quickly moved them on with minimal fuss.
There is a store at the stadium which sells memorabilia, Rugby shirts and lots of other bits and bobs, it was good to have a look round, and I did buy a couple of key rings for people as they were very reasonably priced.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time watching the Rugby sevens, the stadium was very pleasant overall and the atmosphere was brilliant. Even though there were a lot of people drinking the staff seemed to keep everyone under control. It was a brilliant weekend and I am hoping to do it again next year. I would definitely recommend Twickenham as a venue and the Rugby sevens as an event. The weather was an added bonus.
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Summary: A good all round venue. Will be going there again hopefully.
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