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Friday, 2 September 2016
SARACENS RFC | The Friday Feature | Home of the European and English Rugby Champions
Saracens Rugby club began in Southgate many years ago and when the English League went professional they needed a stadium and so began a ground share in Watford with the football club in Vicarage Road. It soon became clear that they needed their own HQ and so eventually in 2010 it was planned to move to the Copthall Stadium site.
Barnet FC had previously tried to take this site unsuccessfully but luckily for Mill Hill the public rallied around the idea of a top rugby club basing itself at the run down stadium and so Saracens made the move with an innovative ground redevelopment.
Now firmly part of the community it is clear that the move has made all the difference. Saracens are became European Champions and won the Premier League in the summer of 2016. The club attracts the World's best players and most games are played in front of sell out crowds at the Allianz Arena as the stadium is now known.
EFFECT ON MILL HILL
The club has for the first time brought a World Class sporting facility and organisation to the area and for Mill Hill to have the double Champions this year is totally incredible.
Every match day thousands of fans use the Mill Hill Broadway Rail Station and travel to the station on the excellent shuttle service from the Broadway. This makes attending a game easy for fans and a comfortable experience. It has also led to increased footfall on the Broadway on match days with restaurants and cafes as well as the supermarkets and bakeries seeing a huge rise in business as fans stock up on the excellent food and drink on offer.
In May the Club displayed the European Trophy at the French Market on Broadway and many hundreds visited to have their photograph taken with the Cup.
THIS SEASON - SEEING A GAME
The Club has put on sale very cheap Season Tickets if you want to see the action first hand and for each game it is easy to get a ticket (In advance) from the On Line ticket site. The club are hopeful that the local population will become regular visitors to the Allianz Arena and adopt the team as their own. This will take time but the club are investing in community events and have plans for a school as well. Over time this will mean the club will increase its local fan base.
The season starts with a double header at Twickenham and if you can't be there the game is live on BT SPORT 1 for those with BT Sport.
The first game at the Allianz Arena is a week later and tickets are going fast for the opening home game.
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