The BIG GAME 10 is the 10th annual game of rugby that Harlequins play at the headquarters of English rugby, Twickenham Stadium between Christmas and New Years Eve.
It is one of Harlequins home matches in the Aviva Premiership which they move from their home ground at Twickenham Stoop, which has a crowd capacity of just under 15,000, a few hundred metres down the road to Twickenham Stadium which has a capacity of 82,000.
John Kingston, Harlequins Director of Rugby said “Big Game is always a date the squad look for when the fixtures are announced at the start of the season”. This time it was against Northampton Saints, who are positioned next to Harlequins in the league.
The event is more than just a top class game of rugby, it’s a great family day out with a whole host of entertainment pre match and also during the match.
We were proud to supply the stage, PA & lighting for the main stage at the pre match fan zone. Thousands of fans visited the fan zone to enjoy the live 4-piece band from Liverpool, aptly named Harlequins, who created a great atmosphere playing a huge mix of songs to cater for all ages and musical tastes.
Our 8m x 6m mobile trailer stage provided a great central point for the afternoons entertainment, as well as the live band there were also interviews with some of the Harlequins team players, quizzes with members of the crowd and videos of previous highlights of the Harlequins games on the large LED TV screen alongside the stage.
EPS Events used our EV (Electro Voice) PA as the main sound system, with EV monitors on the stage for the band. We used a Behringer X32 digital mixer with Sennheiser radio mic for the presenter and Shure mics for the band.
The fan zone was very busy for the two and a half hours prior to the start of the match with various bars and catering facilities available for the excited fans. Although we didn’t get to see the match (we were packing up the stage and equipment during the game) we did hear the cheers from the crowds in the stadium as Harlequins went on to win the game with 50 points against Northampton Saints 21 points.