June 30, 2009
AUGUST 2009 marks the start of a memorable rugby season when Twickenham Stadium will celebrate its centenary.
An historic and iconic world class rugby stadium and now also a top concert venue and a leading sport, leisure and business destination, Twickenham Stadium's 2009/2010 season will see the Rugby Football Union celebrate this significant milestone with a number of special events and activities.
To open the year of celebration, on Wednesday August 12, Twickenham Stadium will be hosting a �Training Day' for all supporters, including the chance to see the Senior Elite Player Squad train on the Twickenham pitch from 2pm followed by an autograph session. There will also be an opportunity for fans to take part in a series of family fun events, which will be held in the West Car Park including skill demonstrations, rugby clinics and a number of fun rugby-related inflatable activities all the family can enjoy. The �Training Day' will run from 11am - 5pm and is free entry for all. (Please refer to www.rfu.com/centenary for further details including entry and parking, which will be available two weeks before the event).
On Monday November 2, Twickenham Stadium will be hosting its Centenary Dinner with the current Senior England Elite Players squad and legends of the English game attending and on February 6 2010 England will play Wales in the official �Centenary Match' in the first leg of the 2010 RBS 6 Nations. Tickets and tables for the Centenary Dinner can be purchased priced from �225 per person (plus VAT) from email@example.com.
Further activity will include the naming of the Player of the Century, an exhibition dedicated to the history of the stadium at the World Rugby Museum and the announcement of the best 100 moments at Twickenham Stadium from 1909/10 through to May 2009.
Two new �Walls of Support' will be added to the stadium to follow the RWC 2003 Wall of Support which is situated in the South stand of the Stadium. The two new �Walls' will feature two England team photos; the first from 1910 in the South West corner and the second of the 2010 squad in the South East corner of Twickenham Stadium. Fans will be able to contribute their photos to these later this year, which will be inserted into the new �Walls of Support'.
Five high profile �Centenary Ambassadors' have also been appointed and details of those will be announced shortly. The Centenary season will conclude with the England v Barbarians match to be played at Twickenham Stadium on May 29 2010.
RFU Business Operations Director, Paul Vaughan said "Twickenham Stadium has a rich history and we want to celebrate that during the 2009/10 season, the stadium's 100th season. We have put together a number of events, which our sponsors, fans and the game at all levels can take part in and we hope that it's a successful season for the RFU and England on and off the pitch."
England Team Manager, Martin Johnson said "This is a special season for Twickenham Stadium, which has hosted some great matches and moments over the years. The England squad will be heavily involved in the August open day, the dinner in November and a number of other events during the course of the year. I hope the fans enjoy the year and I look forward to seeing them in August."
rfu.com/centenary will be updated frequently with the latest event and activity news.