Visit Leeds and Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby have today launched the first ever Headingley Heritage Tour to celebrate 100 days to go until Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks off in Leeds.

Taking place at Headingley Carnegie Stadium during Rugby World Cup 2015, the Headingley Heritage Tour will take visitors on a behind-the-scenes tour of the world-famous stadium, as well as exploring the history and memorable international sporting moments which have played out at Headingley across all three of the stadium’s sports: Rugby Union, Rugby League and Cricket.

First built in 1890, Headingley Carnegie Stadium is the only stadium in the world which boasts both cricket and rugby pitches sitting side by side, and has a long history of hosting major sporting events, including the first ever international Rugby League match in 1908, numerous Ashes tests since 1899 and a number of Calcutta Cup Internationals since 1893.

The tours will take place from 10am-12pm on Thursday 24th, Friday 25th and Monday 28th September, fitting perfectly around the Rugby World Cup pool games taking place in Leeds. The Headingley Heritage Tour will comprise a behind-the-scenes tour of Headingley Carnegie Stadium, including current dressing rooms, the exclusive Taverner’s bar, which offers views over both pitches, and Don Bradman’s changing room seat on the day he scored 309 runs, plus much more.

What’s more, the tours will be guided by John Bentley, British and Irish Lions, England Rugby Union and England Rugby League player, giving visitors the chance to ask their burning rugby questions to a former international player. For those wanting an extra-special experience, the tour taking place on Friday 25th September also offers an optional lunch after the tour with question and answer session with a high-profile surprise guest joining the event and leading the Q&A.

Gary Hetherington, Chief Executive of Yorkshire Carnegie, said: “We are delighted to have developed a stadium tour over the Rugby World Cup tournament to celebrate the long history of Rugby, both union and league, in the city of Leeds. Headingley Carnegie Stadium has seen a huge variety of unforgettable sporting moments played out on its pitches, both domestic and international, and the chance to open our doors to the visiting fans from around the world is a great opportunity for us to celebrate our proud history.”
 
Councillor Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, commented: “It’s very exciting for Visit Leeds to partner with Yorkshire Carnegie to deliver a new visitor experience for sports fans during Rugby World Cup 2015. We hope sporting enthusiasts from all over the UK, as well as those visiting from overseas, will make the most of this limited edition offer, which will be a memorable addition to any Rugby World Cup 2015 touring itinerary.”

Leeds is hosting two games during the pool stages of Rugby World Cup 2015 at Elland Road Stadium. Canada vs Italy will take place on 26 September 2015, while Scotland vs USA will take place on 27 September 2015.

The Headingley Heritage Tour is taking place on 24th, 25th and 28th September from 10am-12pm and can be booked via telephone, online or in the Leeds Rugby Store. Tickets are £15 per adult, £10 per junior (Under 16) and £35 per family (2 adults and 2 juniors). The additional lunch on 25th September is priced at £30pp in addition to the tour ticket. Tours will be led by John Bentley, British and Irish Lions, England Rugby Union and England Rugby League player. To book, please visit www.yorkshirecarnegie.com/buytickets and click on Events, call +44 (0)871 423 1315 or visit the Leeds Rugby Store at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.