The Ricoh Arena prepares for a medieval take over

The Ricoh Arena is gearing up for a battle on three fronts as it prepares for a medieval take over.

Wasps’ Aviva Premiership match against Newcastle Falcons on Saturday, November 18 (kick-off 5.15pm) won’t be the only clash of the evening, as two sets of knights from Warwick Castle will take to the pitch at half-time to bare their swords in three rounds of duelling.
 
Fans will get the chance to try out their own sword skills at the Knight Training Camp inside the Wasps Nest Fan Village on match day between 3pm and 4.30pm, with workshops being laid on by four of Warwick Castle’s own knights.
 
Rugby enthusiasts can also treat themselves to a double dose of rugby by catching the Autumn International fixture between England and Australia in the Fan Village at 3pm before the Wasps game.
 
Verity Brown, event and match day marketing manager at Wasps, said: “This will be one of the most competitive match days we have ever had at the Ricoh Arena with two big rugby matches and knights going head-to-head.
 
“This is the first time we have had a medieval theme for one of our match days as we look to widen the variety of our match day activities for supporters.
 
“Our club mascot Sting flew along to Warwick Castle to sample the activities we’ll be laying on for fans, and he landed back at the Ricoh Arena buzzing.
 
“We know that lots of people attend Warwick Castle to watch and take part in these sorts of activities, so we are expecting the workshops to be a big hit with families.
 
“The sword workshops will be fun and informal. It will include learning the traditional pre-duel protocols, the correct stances to take and different sword manoeuvres and combat moves.
 
“The knights will be doing head-to-head in three rounds in a War of the Roses theme where the winner takes all, re-enacting the struggle between the House of York and the House of Lancaster for the throne of England.
 
“To mark the visit of Warwick Castle’s knights, we will also be running a prize draw for people to win tickets to Warwick Castle and upcoming Wasps games, including our big derby against Leicester Tigers.”
 
Tickets for Wasps vs Newcastle Falcons are available to purchase here, starting from £21 for adults, while under-10s go free in certain areas.