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USA vs. Ireland Rugby Fan Fest


HOUSTON - Rugby fans are invited to come out early and experience Rugby Fan Fest presented by Budweiser on Saturday, June 8.  The official pre-game celebration, which will be hosted by Rod Ryan from 94.5 The Buzz, will feature live music on the Budweiser stage from Irish rock band The Blaggards and The Slags along with great food, the Bud Light beer garden, Southern Comfort drink specials, vendor booths, contests, games and more.

Rugby Fan Fest will take place outside the southwest gate of BBVA Compass Stadium, adjacent to Lucky's Pub on Rusk at St. Emanuel.  In addition to great entertainment and food specials, the pre-party will include vendor booths from USA Rugby with official USA Rugby merchandise; The World Rugby Shop; Rugby Texas; Irish Rugby Tours & Tourism Ireland offering fans the chance to explore the Irish countryside and culture; along with freestyle skating demos presented by Adrenaline Factory and more!

Tailgating Contest

The inaugural Rugby Tailgating Contest is open to tailgating teams representing Team USA and Team Ireland.  The event, which will award the grand prize presented by Kroger and Southern Comfort to the top tailgating team, will take palce in Lots B & C adjacent to the stadium.  Each team must register in advance online at  Teams must be registered by Friday, May 31, 2013.  Parking passes must be purchased in advance; parking for the tailgating contest will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  Teams will be judged based on overall tailgating set up and team spirit.  Tailgating set up begins at 1:00pm with contest judging at 4:00pm.  For more information or questions, please contact

Official Rugby After Party

The party continues after the match with the official USA Rugby vs. Ireland After Party presented by Southern Comfort at Warehouse Live.  The event, which is FREE with your game ticket, will feature more Irish music from The Blaggards along with Southern Comfort drink specials, the chance to meet and mingle with some of the players and other rugby fans and more! 


Fans can purchase $20 advance parking passes in Lots B & C online.  In addition, the stadium has designated taxi cab and private drop off/pick up locations along with pedi-cabs in the area to transport fans to Rugby Fan Fest and the game.  Public transportation options and bike racks are also available.  Additional parking information can be found online at

Match Details

The USA Men's National Rugby Team, The Eagles, will host Ireland at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday, June 8, as one of the only international matches being held in the U.S. this year.  Kick-off is at 7:30pm.  This match up offers rugby fans the opportunity to witness Ireland, a Tier 1 nation currently ranked sixth in the world, battle on American soil against The Eagles, who are currently ranked sixteenth.  The teams have previously faced off in 2009 and again in 2011 at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.  Both matches resulted in victory for Ireland.  THe USA Men's National Team will be seeking a long awaited win as they face off again in Houston.

Tickets for the USA Rugby Men's Eagles vs. Ireland match are available starting at $20 online at,, or by calling 888-929-7849.  Tickets are also available at the BBVA Compass Stadium ticket office, open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm.  Group tickets are available to those purchasing 10 or more tickets by calling 713-547-3055.