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Sat 15 Jan

Coventry Building Society Arena - 2021/2022 Heineken Champions Cup

KO: 13:00

Gameday Guide

Coventry Building Society Arena hosts Wasps vs Toulouse this Saturday 15 January at 1pm in the Heineken Champions Cup.

Ahead of your visit please read the following gameday guide which contains all the information you need to know about your visit.

Season Members are reminded that this fixture is included within their Season Membership package.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Following the Government’s announcement to introduce ‘Plan B’ to limit the spread of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus, new rules on attending matches in England came into effect on 15 December 2021. These measures will be in place until further notice.

All supporters aged 18 and over, including those in hospitality, must take the following three steps:

  1. Bring a COVID Pass to the match to show proof of double vaccination against Covid-19 or a negative lateral flow test within 48 hours of the game. This is a legal requirement. You can download your COVID Pass via the NHS app. Click here for guidance

 

  1. Complete a short Health Declaration before you attend the game

 

  1. Do not travel if you feel unwell and/or are displaying symptoms of COVID

Any supporter unable to provide proof of their COVID status when asked by a steward will be denied entry to the arena - checks at the arena will be increased significantly under Plan B regulations. Please arrive early to allow sufficient time for checks to take place.

Please complete your Health Declaration by clicking on the relevant link below:

An FAQ’s can be found here and will continue to be updated as and when new information becomes available. Our Covid-19 Supporter Code of Conduct can be viewed here.

We recommend that all supporters aged 11 or over wear a face covering on entry to and exit from the stadium, when queueing and on concourses. Face coverings are not required to be worn when seated in the arena bowl.

We thank supporters for their continued patience and understanding as we introduce the updated protocols and work to maintain a safe and enjoyable gameday experience for all.

 

WHAT TO BRING

  1. Your ticket (paper ticket/Print at Home ticket/digital ticket) or Season Member card. If using a digital ticket, please make sure your mobile device is fully charged. Screenshots of Print at Home tickets will not work

 

  1. Your debit/credit card or payment-enabled mobile device

 

  1. Your COVID Pass. Further detail can be found above and here

 

KEY TIMINGS

 

9am | Ticket Office Opens

10.30am| South Stand Fan Zone Opens

10.30am | Hospitality Opens

10.30am | Shuttle Bus Starts

11.30am | Gates Open

1pm | Kick-Off

 

FAN ZONE

Located in the South Stand from 10am, fans will be able to enjoy a variety of food and beverage outlets alongside a DJ and community activities!

 

BIG SCREEN

Feature on the big screen by tweeting us using #WASvTOU and tagging @waspsrugby

 

THE ARENA IS CASHLESS

Coventry Building Society Arena is now a cashless stadium. Debit/credit card payments and mobile payments such as Apple Pay and Google Pay are accepted at all tills around the arena.

 

TICKET OFFICE

The Ticket Office will be open from 9am to 1:40pm on gameday. Please make sure to purchase any tickets in advance of the game. Gameday pricing comes into effect from 9am.

Please ensure you have your tickets with you before you arrive at the arena. If you are due to collect tickets, please leave plenty of time to do so as the Ticket Office will be extremely busy. We recommend collecting your tickets no later than 11:30am.

 

GETTING TO THE GAME

When travelling to this fixture please follow government guidelines and use your own transport where possible.

Supporters arriving by train are advised to check the Network Rail website for up-to-date information prior to travel. Trains between Coventry Train Station and Arena Coventry Station are not currently in operation.

A shuttle bus between Coventry Train Station and Coventry Building Society Arena will be in operation between 12.30pm – 6pm. This service is operated directly by Coachleasing. Pricing: Single £2.50 / Return £5.00

To plan your journey for this weekend, please visit www.tfwm.org.uk.

We strongly advise supporters to purchase parking in advance, which can be done HERE. Limited onsite parking is available to purchase on the day of the game.

 

FOOD AND DRINK OUTLETS

There will be a number of outlets open around the stadium so supporters can purchase food, as well as both non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, throughout the day.

Eco-cups will be unavailable this weekend.

Please note that SeatServe and SwipeStation are no longer available.

 

THE ANECDOTE, THE MILL & CLUBHOUSE

The Anecdote will be open for all supporters pre and post-game. The Bakery will be open pre-game. The Mill bar will be closed – additional food & drink outlets are available in the Fan Zone.

The Clubhouse remains closed.

 

WASPS SHOP

Two pop-up stores will be operating on-site. One will be located outside the North Stand, opposite Car Park A, and the other outside the East Stand opposite the train station. They will be open from 10am – 1pm, at half-time and for 30 minutes post-game. Purchases can also be made online HERE.

 

SOUTH ENTRANCE

Please be aware that the South Entrance will be closed for this fixture whilst construction work continues.

 

SAFETY AND SECURITY

Please follow the guidance given by our stewards and security staff. We suggest that you bring with you only essential items and leave bags at home if possible.

Due to the National Threat Level rising to ‘Severe’, all supporters will be subject to increased security checks when entering the Arena.

Supporters who have safety or security concerns at the venue or need assistance, can make a report via our fan text service by messaging 07537 453123.

Challenge 25 will be in operation. Remember ID if you look younger than you are!

Register your phone with www.immobilise.com before you come.

We want you to have a great time whilst with us, but should you see anything suspicious, please let our stewarding team know.

We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and co-operation.

Enjoy the game! 

Game Preview

TV: Channel 4 from 12:30pm and BT Sport 2 from 12:45pm

Radio: BBC Coventry and Warwickshire

Fan Zone: South Stand

Kit: Home

What to watch for:

Wasps are expecting a number of players back from injury in the next few weeks.

Wasps Men’s Head Coach Lee Blackett confirmed this week that Paolo Odogwu is back in contention to play in this game. Having recovered from an ACL injury suffered at Northampton Saints in May 2021, he has been back in training for the last couple of weeks.

Jacob Umaga has served his two-match ban for the red card he picked up against London Irish in the Boxing Day Christmas Cracker, so he is free to play against Toulouse.

Ryan Mills returned to the match day squad against Leicester Tigers last weekend, after a 16 month lay-off with a foot injury.

Sam Spink, Charlie Atkinson and Rob Miller all returned for the game at Sale a couple of weeks ago.

A number of Wasps players are likely to make their Heineken Champions Cup debuts or make their European debuts for Wasps.

Blackett also confirmed this week that Robin Hislop suffered an MCL knee injury in the win against Tigers. Bomber will miss this weekend’s game and be out for 4-6 weeks with the injury.

Despite playing just one game, Toulouse’s Antoine Dupont is one of just two players to reach double figures for defenders beaten in the Heineken Champions Cup this season (11), along with Munster’s Damian de Allende (12).

Wasps made 10 dominant tackles in their last Heineken Champions Cup match, in Round 1 against Munster – no side has made more in a match in this season’s competition (Cardiff also 10 v Harlequins in Round 2). 

Previous encounters with Toulouse:  

This will be the 11th clash in the Heineken Champions Cup between Toulouse and Wasps. The clubs are evenly split in their previous 10 encounters, each winning four games and drawing twice. The Gallagher Premiership club have lost only one of their last five games against Toulouse in the Heineken Champions Cup (W3 D1), but it came the last time they hosted this fixture, in 2018/19 (16-24). 

Wasps have lost four of their last five home games in the Heineken Champions Cup (W1), as many defeats as in their previous 39 games on home soil (W32 D3). 

Toulouse have won eight of their last nine away games in the Heineken Champions Cup, including their last four in a row, only once have they enjoyed a longer winning run on the road in the competition – a five-game streak from 1996 to 1998. 

For a look at some of our legendary previous encounters with Toulouse read the full article here.

Fans can be at Saturday's historic fixture with Toulouse at the Coventry Building Society Arena from just £21 for adults and £5 for those 11 & under.

Tickets are available online by clicking here or by calling the Wasps Ticket Office on 02476 786 411.

For Group Ticket offers and information click here

Game Preview

Date Competition Score Won/Lost
14/01/17 2016/2017 European Rugby Champions Cup 17 - 14 W
08/12/18 2018/2019 Heineken Champions Cup 16 - 24 L
15/12/18 2018/2019 Heineken Champions Cup 27 - 42 L
19/12/21 2021/2022 Heineken Champions Cup 0 - 0 D
15/01/22 2021/2022 Heineken Champions Cup 30 - 22 W