An Introduction To Twickenham

By: Shaun Parker

The home of Rugby in England the Twickenham stadium is the biggest rugby stadium dedicated to Rugby Union in the UK. The only larger stadium in the UK is Wembley. Both of these magnificent stadiums are situated in London. Much like Wembley the stadium plays host to a number different events alongside sports. Twickenham is a popular venue for large rock bands and it has in the past seen bands such as The Rolling Stones, U2, Genesis, The Police and The Eagles.

The stadium also plays host to a number of different rugby matches including the Middlesex sevens and the Rugby League challenge cup final. But first and foremost the stadium is home to the fixtures for the England international rugby union test matches.

Twickenham is in fact owned by the Rugby Football Union and as a result the stadium tends to be used solely for rugby as opposed to any other sporting events. The Rugby Football Union is the group that invite the national Rugby union team to play at the stadium and these events are arguably the most prestigious of all rugby games. England are the only country in the home nations to have a stadium that specialises in rugby and as a result the other countries have many fixtures played in their national stadiums every year. As a result playing in Twickenham is made even more prestigious. The stadium plays host to a number of games and it also plays host to the 6 nations tournament that takes place every year.

There are a number of different high profile rugby matches that take place in the stadium every year. These fixtures include the Guiness Premiership final game and the Anglo-welsh cup. In the past it has also been a venue for the Heineken Cup final in 2006-2007 and the venue has also played host to a number of the very high profile amateur matches. These amateur matches include the prestigious Oxford versus Cambridge University rugby match, the Army Versus Navy rugby game and the final of the English School's domestic cup final. The range of rugby matches that take place at the venue really add to the prestigious reputation of this impressive stadium.

Twickenham maintains its reputation for being the home of Rugby in that it holds a comprehensive rugby museum that presents facts and information devoted to the game. This museum is situated in the enormous stadium and the museum tells the story of how rugby developed over the years and in different areas of the world. The museum looks at the global game and presents a static exhibition as well as a number of exhibits that change regularly to keep regular visitors entertained.

These exceptional exhibitions cover a wide range of different aspects that have influenced the game. Some of these exhibitions are topical and some are presented to prepare for the arrival of teams from exotic countries.

Aside from visiting the stadium to watch one of the epic rugby games it is also possible to tour the stadium when games are not being played. These tours are arranged with the stadium and take place on specific days of the week. It is also possible to take the tour on match days and is a great option for people that want to see the changing rooms and get a real insight into this epic venue. It is a perfect opportunity for those people that want to make the most of corporate hospitality at the venue.

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