Newcastle’s Rugby World Cup 2015 Official Fanzone confirmed at Science Central

(Pictured: Newcastle Falcons players L-R Alex Tuilagi, Kane Thompson, Josh Furno, Ally Hogg and Scott Lawson at the launch of the Rugby World Cup Fanzone at Science Central)

Science Central, one of the biggest urban regeneration projects of its kind in the UK, will be the proud location for Newcastle’s Rugby World Cup 2015 Official Fanzone later this year.

Newcastle is one of the Host Cities for the Tournament and will host three matches this October. During the Tournament the Fanzone will be operational just a stone’s throw from St James’ Park on the newly revamped Science Central site. An action-packed timetable of entertainment is promised, along with a big screen to watch all of the matches as well as opportunities to take part in rugby themed events.

The organisers of the Fanzone at Science Central, Newcastle Rugby Ltd, promise a great rugby experience as well as a diverse choice of entertainment. Mick Hogan, Managing Director of Newcastle Falcons said: “Newcastle’s Rugby World Cup 2015 Fanzone will be a spectacular space with a fantastic atmosphere so everyone will be able to get involved and experience a global Tournament. During the dates the Fanzone is open, we will be showing matches on a big screen. There will be a daily programme of community events, with more entertainment and content announced over the coming months.”

Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council said: “We are looking forward to giving a warm Geordie welcome to rugby fans from around the world in October. Bringing Rugby World Cup 2015 to Newcastle will showcase the city on a global stage and create a great buzz for local people and local businesses. Our Fanzone will be an exciting place for fans to gather to enjoy all the pre-match fun and to enjoy games from elsewhere in the Tournament and the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour will give the community access to Rugby’s greatest prize.

“The Science Central site is one of the biggest city centre development opportunities in Europe and will eventually be the home for cutting edge science businesses, creating jobs and being a home to world leading scientific research. But for a short while at least it will be the centre for an awe inspiring few weeks of top international sport - providing a great base for fans and a wonderful opportunity for the local community to get a feel for being part of the most important event in world rugby.”

The Science Central site is a long-term partnership between Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University, as part of the Newcastle Science City initiative. Science Central was officially opened on 25 February 2015.

The Fanzone at Science Central will be free to enter and is open to all, whether rugby fan or not, whether local or visiting from afar. There will be entertainment, catering and chances for all to get involved.

Editor’s notes

The Fanzone will be open from 25 September to 11 October. Entry is free on match days. Other events may charge entry.

Media contact: Ann Bridges, Senior Specialist – Communication and Policy, 075960 463519,

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