This weekend, with an international break in the Premier League calendar, London Stadium will play host to the biggest fixture in domestic rugby, Saracens v Harlequins on Saturday afternoon (kickoff 3pm).
Returning to the venue after making their London Stadium debut last season, Saracens currently occupy second place in the Gallagher Premiership table. Third-placed Harlequins are ten points behind their rivals, and both teams will be bolstered by the return of international players following the conclusion of this spring's six nations.
Sarries also beat Quins at the Stoop earlier this season in a narrow encounter, overcoming their rivals 25-20.
We'dÂ like to encourage all fans to arrive early for the fixture, and pay attention to the search regime in place for all events here at London Stadium to ensure the best possible experience when visiting the venue.
Ahead of the fixture, weâ€™ve compiled some handy information to help you make the most of your trip to London Stadium.
Saracens: Williams; Strettle, Lozowski, Barritt (capt), Maitland; Goode, Spencer; Lamositele, George, Koch, Skelton, Isiekwe, Wray, Burger, Vunipola.
Replacements: Woolstencroft, Barrington, Judge, Kpoku, Earl, Taylor, Malins, Tompkins.
Harlequins: Brown; Earle, Marchant, Tapuai, Chisholm; Smith, Care; Marler, Elia, Sinckler, Symons, Horwill (co-capt), Clifford, Robshaw (co-capt), Dombrandt.
Replacements: Ward, Boyce, Collier, Merrick, Bothma, Hidalgo-Clyne, Catrakilis, Alofa.
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Hours of play:
Kickoff between Saracens and Harlequins is set for 3pm, with London Stadium opening the turnstiles for supporters at 12.30pm.
Hospitality guests for the fixture can enjoy entry to London Stadium via Entrance B on Podium level from 12:30pm.
Key timings and activations:
- 10H00-18H00: Retail store open
- 12H00: Fan zone opens (located by bridge 1 outside the stadium
- 12H30: Stadium opens
- 13H45: Pride In Unity Parade in bowl followed by a StageCoach, Love To Dance, Strictly Sarries and Dance@London Stadium performances.
- 14H25: Allianz Party Patrol on the pitch, look out for the Allianz t-shirt launchers!
- 14H30: Fan zone shuts
- Pre-match show: Batala London drummers and Mana Dancers performances in bowl
- 15H00: Kick-off
- 15H40 (approximately): Half time
- Half time entertainment: Dance performances and Allianz Party Patrol
- 17H00 (approximately): Full time
After the game we expect all stations around London Stadium to be very busy, with crowd management systems to be in operations so we ask supporters to be patient as they head away from the ground.
If you are looking to avoid the queues why not head over to the fan zone where the bar will stay open till 19H00 and you can enjoy some live karaoke!
Please note that all other stadium bars will close at 18H00.
New catering offering around London Stadium:
As well as experiencing the drama and excitement of Premiership Rugby, supporters visiting London Stadium for the fixture can enjoy a wider range of food and drink options than ever before.
Weâ€™ve implemented a number of new units, bars, popups, family kiosks and more, adding extra to the match day experience around London Stadium.
After making quite the impression in our previous fixtures, we welcome back food with a Caribbean flavour, with Jerk Chicken, Caribbean Stew and more being offered by Grace Irie Eats at Kiosk 14 in Block 145.Â
Our search process for this season is designed to improve security, reduce queuing times at turnstiles and alleviate congestion around the podium level.
The regime sees bag search checkpoints stationed directly adjacent to the bridges leading on to the stadium island, aÂ process has been used throughout London Stadiumâ€™s summer of concerts and world athletics and proved particularly successful in helping the flow of spectators to the stadium.
In order to allow easy access and cause minimal delays, it is recommended that supporters arrive at least one hour prior to kick-off and avoid bringing any bags to matches unless absolutely necessary. Large suitcases or luggage are not permitted in the stadium.
All bags will be searched and supporters may also be asked to remove jackets or coats in preparation for search. All approved bags are also subject to additional inspections within the Stadium. There will be an access lane at each checkpoint for supporters with accessibility needs.
These are not ticket check points, allowing supporters without tickets to gain access to the podium and visit the Stadium Store and Ticket Offices.
Late Entry Turnstiles:
Additionally at London Stadium this season, each entrance section on the podium will have one late turnstile open after kick-off. Any supporters who arrive late for the match are advised to head to the relevant entrance for their seat, where they will be directed to the late-opening turnstile.
Travelling to London Stadium:
London Stadium is located within Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and benefits from the capitalâ€™s finest transport links.
Weâ€™re proud to call Stratford our home with unsurpassed transport links from Stratford, Stratford International, Pudding Mill Lane and Hackney Wick stations.
Expect to be welcomed on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park by our friendly stewarding & volunteering teams, who will aid you in making your way to London Stadium.
We will have an accessible Shuttle Bus Service will be in operation for disabled guests as normal.
For more information relevant to your mode of travel,Â follow this link for specific instructions relating to train & tube, bus, bike, car & motorcycle, taxi & plane
All tickets can be collected from the Ticket Office at London Stadium, situated near bridge five.
Accessible seating is available on each level at London Stadium, including: aisle seats, seats with few or no steps nearby, seating which have nothing directly in front of them, and those closest to toilet facilities.
Numerous rest areas and benches are located across Stadium Island and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Members of staff from West Ham Unitedâ€™s accessibility teams will be on hand and proactive at London Stadium, as well as providing support on key routes in and out of the venue.
Kindly note that if you have your own wheelchair, it will be left in designated areas at the ownerâ€™s risk.
Five windows at the West Ham United ticket office are at accessible height for wheelchair users, and use induction loops to support visitors using hearing aids.
Assistance dogs are welcome into London Stadium, and can stay in wheelchair bays. Kindly note that any assistance dogs must remain with their owner at all times.
Baby Changing Facilities
Baby changing facilities are available on each level of London Stadium. On an event day, simply ask one of our friendly stewarding team for the closest baby change location to your seat.
Lost & Found
Please report all lost or found property to the nearest member of staff at London Stadium.Â
London Stadium is not responsible for lost or stolen items.