Where to watch Rugby World Cup matches for free
- Rowena McIntosh
- 14 September 2015
No ticket, no problem. Watch the Rugby World Cup live at fanzones across the country
Never mind football coming home, Rugby is coming home. Ten cities across England (and Cardiff) are hosting matches in the Rugby World Cup 2015 and if you didn’t manage to bag a ticket in the hotly contested ballot you can still enjoy the atmosphere and head to a fanzone where live matches are shown on the big screen.
Eastside Park, Birmingham
Villa Park hosts two matches on Sat 26 and Sun 27 Sep with the fanzone offering covered viewing areas, invitational rugby sessions for local clubs, a fairground and ‘have a go’ rugby activities including skills zones and inflatable rugby challenges.
Opening Dates September: Fri 18–Sun 20, Wed 23–Sun 27
Madeira Drive, Brighton
The only fanzone on a beach is open during the first weekend of the tournament when matches are being played in the city. Remember your sun cream.
Opening Dates September: Fri 18–Sun 20
Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
The largest venue in the city to watch the game. In between matches take part in the scrum down challenge or an anthem sing-along with one of the S4C Regional Choirs.
Close to: Millennium Stadium
Opening Dates September: Fri 18–Sun 20, Wed 23, Sat 26.
Opening Dates October: Thu 1, Fri 2, Sat 10, Sun 11, Sat 17, Sun 18
Northernhay Gardens, Exeter
This fanzone is in the oldest public space in England and is open for 13 days for all Sandy Park matches, England matches and the knock-out stages. There are specific opening and closing events and live entertainment compered by former Exeter Chiefs players Chris Bentley and Chris Whitehead with singers, dancers and bands taking to the stages.
Close to: Exeter Central Train Station, High Street
Opening Dates September: Fri 18, Sat 26, Tue 29
Opening Dates October: Sat 3, Wed 7, Sat 10, Sun 11, Sat 17, Sun 18, Sat 24, Sun 25, Fri 30, Sat 31
Gloucester Docks, Gloucester
Gloucester are creating the match day experience for fans with a specially erected rugby stadium including tiered seating and a grass pitch.There’s a family zone in nearby Mariners Square and on Fri 25 Sep the Webb Ellis Cup is in attendance.
Close to: Gloucester Quays shopping complex
Opening Dates September: Fri 18–Sun 20, Wed 23, Fri 25–Sun 27 Sep
Opening Dates October: Sat 3, Sun 4, Sat 10, Sun 11
Millennium Square, Leeds
Open for 20 days across the tournament Millennium Square offers fans demonstrations from local clubs, an inflatable rugby zone and theatre productions from Slung Low and Tangled.
Close to: Leeds City Centre, Elland Road
Opening Dates September: Fri 18–Sun 27.
Opening Dates October: Thu 1–Wed 7, Sat 10
Victoria Park, Leicester
Learn how to get involved with rugby locally, watch performances, take part in arts activity sessions and play a giant computer game on the big screen
Opening Dates October: Sat 3, Sun 4 Oct, Tue 6, Wed 7, Fri 9–Sun 11
Albert Square, Manchester
Outside of London, Manchester is the only place England will play during Rugby World Cup 2015. Rugby activities at the fanzone include a kicking simulator, precision pass and speed pass challenges, rugby bungee, bucking ball and an inflatable rugby pitch.
Close to: Manchester Town Hall
Opening Dates October: Fri 9–Sun 11
Campbell Park, Milton Keynes
This fanzone offers an undercover marquee area, rugby activities, a funfair and local live entertainment including The Deceivers, comedy cabaret band Rayguns Look Real Enough, Milton Keynes Haka attempt and The Danbor Talka Clash of Drums.
Close to: Intu Milton Keynes
Opening Dates October: Thu 1–Sun 4, Wed 7, Fri 9–Sun 11
Science Central, Newcastle
Have a go at touch rugby, tag games or pitch up and play on the specially build 3G pitch. There’s also a programme of live events and a 4,000 capacity marquee to watch the games safe from the North East weather.
Close to: Newcastle train station, St James’ Park
Opening Dates October: Fri 2–Thu 8, Sat 10, Sun 11
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Newham, London
Enjoy the Rugby World Cup from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic venue with rugby activities and live music.
Close to: Westfield Stratford City, Europe’s largest inner city mall
Opening Dates September: Sat 26, Sun 27
Opening Dates October: Sat 3, Sat 10, Sun 11, Sat 17, Sun 18, Sat 24, Sun 25, Sat 31
Old Deer Park, Richmond, London
Each match at this fanzone is introduced by a surprise presenter. There’s also music, rides and sports activities including rugby bungee.
Close to: Richmond train station, Twickenham Stadium (20 mins walk)
Opening Dates September: Fri 18–Sun 20, Wed 23, Thu 24, Sat 26, Sun 27
Opening Dates October: Fri 2–Sun 4, Fri 9–Sun 11, Sat 17, Sun 18, Sat 24, Sun 25, Fri 30, Sat 31
Old Market Place, Rugby
Enjoy rugby in Rugby. This fanzone is open on 17 match dates throughout the tournament, from the Opening Ceremony through to the Rugby World Cup Final. There’s also live entertainment and rugby based activities for the whole family.
Close to: Rugby station and Rugby School – the birthplace of the game.
Opening Dates September: Fri 18–Sun 20 Sep, Sat 26, Sun 27 Sep
Opening Dates October: Thu 1, Sat 3, Sun 4, Wed 7, Sat 10, Sun 11, Sat 17, Sun 18, Sat 24, Sun 25, Fri 30, Sat 31