Nearly 30,000 people visit Newham Fanzone to celebrate Rugby World Cup 2015

29 September 2015 in 2012 Games and legacy and Events
Newham Fanzone opened last week and already nearly 30,000 people have visited the site on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to watch the tournament on a big screen, meet Rugby legends and listen to live music.
This Saturday (3 October), former New Zealand All Black captain, Justin Marshall who played in the 1999 and 2003 Rugby World Cups, will be at Newham Fanzone between 3pm and 6pm to meet fans, sign autographs and answer questions.

Located on the South Lawn in the Park, Newham Fanzone has a big 100 square metre screen. It will be open between 12noon and 11pm on Saturday and will be showing the following games – Samoa vs Japan at 2.30pm, South Africa vs Scotland at 4.45pm and England vs Australia at 8pm. Candy Apple Blue will be performing a wide variety of musical styles including Pop, Motown and Soul, on the bandstand at 6.30pm.

On Sunday the fanzone will open at 12noon and close at 3.45pm prior to the Ireland vs Italy match at 4.45pm. The big screen will show Argentina vs Tonga at 2.30pm and Celtic rock band The Craic will play the bandstand at 1pm.

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: “I am proud and excited that Newham is a Host City for Rugby World Cup 2015 and we look forward to welcoming some of the world’s top teams and their fans.

“Newham Fanzone will be the ideal location for fans and residents to soak up the atmosphere of Rugby World Cup 2015. Where better to cheer on your favourite team, than Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where so many memories were made during the 2012 Games. Our residents have already shown three years ago that we know how to create a festival atmosphere and we look forward to welcoming the world once again.”

The Fanzone is open to the public at varying times across the six-week tournament. On match days, the Fanzone will close one hour before the match starts and will not reopen afterwards.

World class Rugby players will be visiting the Fanzone on the following dates:
  • 10 October – Serge Betsen – France
  • 11 October – Kyran Bracken MBE – England  World Cup Winner
  • 31 October – Iain Balshaw MBE – England World Cup Winner.

The full programme of entertainment is as follows:

For stadium match days:

  • Wednesday 7 October, 12-4pm
    3-4pm – Project Zulu Choir
  • Friday 30 October, 4-7.15pm
    6.7pm – Candy Apple Blue

For non stadium match days:

  • Saturday 10 October, 12noon–11pm
    12.30-1pm and 1.30-2pm – Welsh Tenor John Pierce
    6.30-7.30pm – Roberto Pla’s Latin Ensemble
  • Sunday 11 October, 11.30am-11pm
    6.30-7.30pm – Asian Elvis Sal Bashir
  • Saturday 17 October, 1-11pm
    2.30-3pm and 6.30-7pm – Riddim Squad
  • Sunday 18 October, 11a,-11pm
    2.45-3.30pm – James Anderson

    6.30-7pm – St Angela’s Ursaline School Choir
  • Saturday 24 October, 1-8pm
    2-3pm – Denyse Anyogu
  • Sunday 25 October, 1-8pm
    2-3pm – Sharn Adela
  • Saturday 31 October, 1-11pm
    2-3pm – Bollywood Brass Band

For further information about Rugby World Cup 2015 and the Newham Fanzone please visit