Twickenham Stadium, frequently shortened to Twickenham or just Twickers, is the world’s largest stadium devoted singularly to the sport of rugby. Located in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Twickenham is an icon of English rugby. It is owned and operated by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and, in addition to hosting a number of matches, the stadium has also served as an entertainment venue for popular acts such as Beyonce, Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones and The Police. Thinking about visiting the colossal Twickenham? Here are a few fun facts to know before you go:
This historic venue wasn't always so majestic. Before being bought in 1907 by the RFU, it was a humble cabbage patch--and is still sometimes affectionately referred to as the "Cabbage Patch'. The field was bought for only 5,500 pounds, the equivalency of around $10,000. The first official game was played in 1909, a local battle between Harlequins and Richmond. The first international game happened a year later, pitting England vs. Wales in 1910.
The sport took a break during World War I, and Twickenham was used as a safe grazing ground for cattle, horse, and sheep grazing. Following the war, in 1921 King George V unveiled an on-site war memorial that still stands today. Twickenham Stadium saw many redevelopments over the next 100 years, mostly ones to expand its seating areas and improve spectator comfort. In 2010, a centenary book titled Twickenham - 100 Years of Rugby HQ was released to commemorate the over 100 years of history encompassed by Twickenham.
Other Stadium Uses
Twickenham isn't all about the rugby. When the more popular venue of Wembley was undergoing reconstruction in the mid-2000s, many events were rescheduled at Twickenham stadium. This began an onslaught of musical performances at the park, including the Rolling Stones in 2006, Genesis in 2007, Bon Jovi in 2008, and Lady Gaga in 2012. Since the mid-1950s, it has also uniquely hosted the Jeohovah's Witnesses annual convention for the London region, with crowds up to 25,000 attending.
World Rugby Museum
Being ground zero for the rugby sport, Twickenham is the natural location for the World Rugby Union Museum. This modern museum uses interactive display techniques to tell the history of the sport. Additional special and revolving exhibits cover topical issues and offer periodic display of the more obscure items of the World Rugby Museum's official rugby collection.
The hotel is in a stunning location overlooking the waterways of the Grand Union Canal and is approximately 3 miles to the famous rugby grounds of Twickenham. We are also close to amazing attractions...
Take time out to shop in style with the Shopping Package at Crowne Plaza London-Ealing. Our VIP Pass to Westfield shopping centre, 4 miles away, features discounts at a variety of stores, with offers...