Venues

Rugby World Cup venue guide: City of Manchester Stadium

Manchester City use this stadium as their home ground in the Premier League.

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City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester

Capacity: 47,800

Built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the Manchester City Stadium is now home to Manchester City football club. This is another modern stadium on the list of World Cup venues that are easily accessible for fans and just a stone’s throw from Manchester City centre which will provide fantastic culture and nightlife throughout the week.

The City pitch is no stranger to rugby, it played host to the Commonwealth Games Sevens final where New Zealand claimed gold after beating Fiji.

Surprisingly, there is just one fixture at the stadium although it is sure to draw the crowds, as England face Uruguay in what should be a cricket score.

The stadium will host England's clash with Uruguay.

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Host to:

Saturday 10 October 2015: Kick off 2000, England v Uruguay (Pool A, Match 36)

Rugby World Cup venue guide: Wembley Stadium

Wembley, the home of English football.

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Wembley Stadium, London

Capacity: 90,000

The home of English football has hosted Olympic Games, Champions League finals, NFL and even motor sport but there is one major omission – a Rugby World Cup. As this country’s most iconic sporting venue there is doubt that the two fixtures will be a sell-out.

Strangely, Wales have played more rugby at Wembley than England. The famous stadium hosted their fixtures while the Millennium Stadium was being built in the late 1990s.
Wembley has been used as a venue for domestic club rugby to great success, the accessibility of this modern stadium has meant that fans from across the country can easily make their way to one of London’s major landmarks.

An iconic statue of football World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore stands outside the stadium.

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Host to:

Sunday 20 September 2015: Kick off 1645, New Zealand v Argentina (Pool C, Match 8)

Sunday 27 September 2015: Kick off 1645, Ireland v Romania (Pool D, Match 19)

Rugby World Cup venue guide: Millennium Stadium

When that roof shuts, feel the noise.

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Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Capacity: 74,154

The home of Welsh rugby and one of the most impressive stadiums selected to host fixtures at this Rugby World Cup. The Millennium is the second largest sports venue in the world with a fully retractable roof, which means the pitch will be in pristine condition come next September.

Once the roof is deployed it would be hard to find a better sporting atmosphere anywhere in the world.

The Welsh are notoriously passionate rugby supporters and there is no doubt that with eight World Cup fixtures, including two of Wales’ Pool games, Cardiff could be one of the best places to visit whether you’ve got a ticket or not.

Fans watch Wales play France in their World Cup Semi Final match on the big screen at the Millennium Stadium in 2011.

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Host to:

Saturday 19 September 2015: Kick off 1430, Ireland v Canada (Pool D, Match 3).

Sunday 20 September 2015: Kick off 1430, Wales v Uruguay (Pool A, Match 7).

Wednesday 23 September 2015: Kick off 1645, Australia v Fiji (Pool A, Match 10).

Thursday 1 October 2015: Kick off 1645, Wales v Fiji (Pool A, Match 21).

Friday 2 October 2015: Kick off 2000, New Zealand v Georgia (Pool C, Match 23).

Sunday 11 October 2015: Kick off 1645, France v Ireland (Pool D, Match 39).

Saturday 17 October 2015: Kick off 2000, TBC v TBC (Quarter Finals, Match 42).

Sunday 18 October 2015: Kick off 1300, TBC v TBC (Quarter Finals, Match 43).

Rugby World Cup venue guide: Olympic Stadium

The world's eyes were locked on the Olympic Stadium when it hosted the games in 2012.

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Olympic Stadium, London

Capacity: 54,000

The London 2012 Olympic Stadium was built to host major sporting events and there is no doubt that this venue is set to be one of the most impressive stadiums in the 2015 World Cup.

With modern features such as light panels on every seat, ticket holders will be treated to amazing light displays during the match – although hopefully the rugby will provide enough entertainment as New Zealand, South Africa and Ireland take to the pitch.

The site will be a hive of activity come match day with one of London’s biggest shopping centres, Westfield, located right next to the stadium as well as the vast Olympic Village, which is definitely worth taking a stroll around.

Expect it to look pretty special.

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Host to:

Wednesday 23 September 2015: Kick off 2000, France v Romania (Pool D, Match 11)

Thursday 24 September 2015: Kick off 2000, New Zealand v Namibia (Pool C, Match 12)

Sunday 4 October 2015: Kick off 1645, Ireland v Italy (Pool D, Match 28)

Wednesday 7 October 2015: Kick off 1645, South Africa v USA (Pool B, Match 31)

Friday 30 October 2015: Kick off 2000, TBC v TBC (Bronze final, Match 47)

Rugby World Cup venue guide: Villa Park

Football, boxing, athletics and cycling have all taken place here.

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Villa Park, Birmingham
Capacity: 42,785

Boxing, athletics and cycling have all taken place at Villa Park so it’s only right that this venue has been chosen to host two Rugby World Cup games.

Birmingham locals will be treated to fixtures including two of the great Southern Hemisphere sides - South Africa and Australia. As one of the oldest stadiums in the country, visitors will be able to enjoy a mix of heritage and modern facilities at the old Victorian amusement park. These fixtures could prove popular as both the Springboks and Wallabies will be expected to rack up big scores on their way to the knockout stages.

There's plenty of space for a kip outside.

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Host to:

Saturday 26 September 2015: Kick off 1645, South Africa v Samoa (Pool B, Match 15)

Saturday 27 September 2015: Kick off 1200, Australia v Uruguay (Pool A, Match 17)

Rugby World Cup venue guide: Stadium: mk

Stadium: mk

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Stadium: mk, Milton Keynes
Capacity: 30,717

Stadium: mk is no stranger to rugby union having been used by Northampton Saints and Saracens sporadically since 2008 for major European and domestic fixtures.

With the news of three Rugby World Cup games the stadium was expanded adding another 10,000 seats, giving the chance for more people to get a taste of World Cup rugby. Fans are once again expected to flock to Milton Keynes to catch the superstars of France face Canada as well as fixtures including Samoa, Japan, Fiji and Uruguay.

Hopefully more than one fan will turn up for France v Canada.

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Host to:

Thursday 1 October 2015: Kick off 2000, France v Canada (Pool D, Match 22)

Saturday 3 October 2015: Kick off 1430, Samoa v Japan (Pool B, Match 24)

Tuesday 6 October 2015: Kick off 2000, Fiji v Uruguay (Pool A, Match 30)

Rugby World Cup venue guide: St James' Park

World Champions New Zealand will love the nightlife in Newcastle.

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St James' Park, Newcastle
Capacity: 52,409

St James’ Park, based in the heart of Newcastle, could prove to be one of the best venues to visit during the 2015 World Cup.

Famed for their hospitality, the Newcastle locals are sure to put on a show for travelling fans. The location also means Scotland supporters can make the short trip over the border to watch their heroes take on South Africa and Samoa in Pool B. Add this to the arrival of World Champions New Zealand and the local nightlife should be more than lively next October.

New Zealand play Tonga at St James' in a late kick-off.

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Host to:

Saturday 3 October 2015: Kick off 1645, South Africa v Scotland (Pool B, Match 25)

Friday 9 October 2015: Kick off 2000, New Zealand v Tonga (Pool C, Match 33)

Saturday 10 October 2015: Kick 1430, Samoa v Scotland (Pool B, Match 34)

Rugby World Cup venue guide: Sandy Park

Exeter's Sandy Park will see a capacity rise from 8,000 to 20,600 by 2015.

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Sandy Park, Exeter
Capacity: 20,600

The emergence of Exeter Chiefs as a heavyweight of the English domestic game means the clubs passionate fans are fast becoming famous across the country for their loud and boisterous support.

A combination of success in the Aviva Premiership and selection as a venue for the Rugby World Cup has seen huge developments to the ground. Originally only able to hold 8,000, the capacity will more than double to hold 20,600 by 2015, making Sandy Park one of the biggest club rugby grounds in the country.

Namibia play Tonga and Namibia in Exeter.

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Host to:

Tuesday 29 September 2015: Kick off 1645, Tonga v Namibia (Pool C, Match 20)

Wednesday 7 October 2015: Kick off 2000, Namibia v Georgia (Pool C, Match 32)

Sunday 11 October 2015: Kick off 1430, Italy v Romania (Pool D, Match 38)