Allianz Park is not a traditional rugby ground. Yes, it has a running track, which means you can walk all the way around the pitch. It also has space: there is a large Piazza and green area behind the East Stand. Although some of the seating is temporary (due to the athletics use in the summer), it is generally comfortable with the exception of the old part of the West Stand. Allianz Park has its own micro culture and, unless you are at the back of the stands, you will get wet if it rains! There are two big screens, so it is possible to follow the match close up wherever you are in the ground.
The postcode is NW4 1RL but our advice is, don’t drive unless you have pre-booked parking.
However you get to Allianz Park, look out for the blue-clad Pioneers. The Pioneers are part of the beating heart of the Saracens family and are renowned for greeting you with a smile and being very helpful. Inside and outside the ground say hello and if you need anything just ask.
Outside the ground there is a very good Italian restaurant called Metro. It gets very busy, so booking is essential on match days. You will usually find big groups of Sarries supporters in residence. If you are an SSA member, we still have some Metro discounts cards offering 15% off food orders: an easy way to recoup your membership fee. Please ask if you’d like one.
Inside the ground there are plenty of bars and food outlets. The Olympic Bar is under the main East Stand and is 100m long. It serves food and drink as well as having a coffee stall. Sarries "real" ale is available as is draught cider. There is often a band playing before and after the match. This bar does take plastic.
The other main drinking venue in the ground is the Wolfpack Bus. This is in the North West corner of the ground and is a joint venture between Chris Wyles and Ali Hargreaves. It mainly sells Wolfpack lager and is very popular. After a match, players often walk through this area stopping for a chat and a photo. It is possible to watch the match from the top of the open decker bus.
In the South West corner of the ground there is another open top bus: the Wine Bus. You will find drinks outlets all around the ground from the Jug Bar in the West Stand to pop up bars. If you see a big queue, walk around and you are likely to find another less busy.
There are plenty of very good quality street food options dotted around the site. These include wood fired pizzas, curries, wraps as well as the usual burgers, hot dogs and fish and chips.
What else is there at Allianz Park? Well, if the sun is shining then the Piazza in the South East corner is great place to eat, drink and be merry. There is, of course, the club shop tucked behind the East Stand off the piazza if you need a Sarries teddy bear or more likely a raincoat!
Uniquely though, once the match is ended, you can go on the pitch to just mill around, kick a ball about or simply cut the corner on the way to the bar!
So Allianz Park is our home, it’s different and not yet the finished article … but it’s ours.
Two final thoughts …
It’s London – you can be in the West End 30 minutes after the match or on a motorway escaping as fast as you can whatever your predilection is
It’s London – bring lots of cash!