5 reasons to support Saracens this season
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Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.
It is the best place to watch top-flight rugby in London
Saracens are the reigning Premiership Rugby champions, having won the competition four times since their first title in 2011.
With the Wasps’ move to Coventry in late 2014, and Twickenham more than an hour away, the best spot to watch a top-flight rugby club in London is at Allianz Park. Served by Edgware, Mill Hill Broadway and Mill Hill East stations, with a free shuttle service between them and the stadium, Allianz Park is easy to reach on a match day. It is the best place to see the stars of the England team as well. Nine Saracens players were recently selected for the current training squad, but Sarries players have also won caps for the Scottish, South African, French, and Argentinian national teams.
It’s a great family day out Whether you are a home or an away fan, a trip to Allianz Park is a very welcoming experience.
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After every match, the artificial pitch is opened up for fans to pour onto, with or without a rugby ball in hand, and celebrate a hard-fought win or commiserate with each other. It’s especially exciting for young fans who might be playing the sport at school to attempt their best Owen Farrell impersonation on same turf that their heroes played on just minutes before.
“Being part of Saracens is very much like being part of a family as it is being part of a rugby club,” says club captain Brad Barritt.
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“And our fans are an integral part of that family. It’s a real privilege to run out in front of them each week and to have their support behind us throughout the season.
“It’s been hugely encouraging to see our fan base continue to evolve and grow, since we moved to Allianz Park five years ago. We are really looking forward to welcoming our fans back home, for the first game of the season in September.”
A season ticket also gets you a seat at every Saracens Womens’ fixture, who are hot off an incredible league win last season. Six women among their ranks play in the current England squad.
Visitors to East London during 2012 were welcomed by an army of volunteers who helped deliver one of the best sports competitions in recent years. At Saracens you’ll find a similar ethos.
Saracens’ Pioneers are the first point of contact for fans at the stadium for queries, safety concerns or a friendly chat. Each of them is passionate about the sport, and you’ll get to know their welcoming faces on your way to and around the stadium.
John Trigg has been a Pioneer since the scheme launched in 2012, and says it helps develop a sense of camaraderie and friendship around the stadium.
“Like with all voluntary work, it attracts passionate people who really want to be there. It works particularly well with rugby because it’s such a sociable sport.
“Rugby is a winter sport, so on days when conditions are not great the Pioneers step up to help people. The home and away fans tell us how welcoming Allianz Park is, which is always nice to hear.
“I remember walking into the first Pioneer’s meeting of around 100 people not knowing a soul, but now they are some of my best and closest friends.”
The rugby season finishes in May, and doesn’t start again until September. But for those new to the sport who want to find out what Sarries are all about, you are invited to celebrate the success of last season, and look forward to the next, at the Summer Gathering on August 12.
It’s also a chance for existing fans to get their rugby fix during the off season, as visitors to this year’s event can watch a training session with the men’s and women’s teams, get autographs, and see next season’s Saracens kit as well as enjoying an Artisan food and craft market and plenty of kids activities.
Tours of the stadium will also be taking place on the day, where you can see club chairman Nigel Wray’s incredible sports memorabilia collection, featuring treasured items from the world of rugby as well as cricket, football, boxing and athletics.
How much does a season ticket cost?
A junior ticket starts from as little as £180*, and young fans can take advantage of that until they’re 24. Adults start from £300*, and on top of the 16 home matches you get a number of extra benefits as a season ticket holder. This includes meet and greet events during the season with coaches, players and members of the management team, and the ability to earn loyalty points to spend in the club shop.
Saracens face Bristol Bears on September 8 for their first home fixture. But the only way to guarantee a seat at every exciting match at the Allianz Park is to pick up a Saracens season ticket.
For more information or to speak to one of the team about tickets, fixtures or anything else Saracens call 020 3675 7200.
*Prices are subject to a £5 admin fee.