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A group of pubs across Coventry and Warwickshire are changing their names to welcome Wasps supporters for the club’s final home game of the season.
Seven pubs across the region that are favoured by followers of the Black and Gold are undergoing a name-change for a day on Saturday 18 May as Wasps finish their Gallagher Premiership season against Harlequins at Ricoh Arena (kick-off 4pm).
All of the pub names will have a rugby or Wasps-themed connection.
The Phoenix on Gosford Street in Coventry will be known as The Phoenix and the Wasp, while the Attleborough Arms on Highfield Road, Nuneaton will become the Attleborough Swarms.
Warwick-based pubs including The Cape of Good Hope, on Lower Cape, will be named as The Cape of Goode Hope in honour of Wasps legend Andy Goode, while The Millwright Arms on Coten End is becoming The Maulwright Arms.
Leamington-based pubs such as The Fox & Vivian, on Clarendon Avenue, will be known as The Wasps & Vivian, while The Fat Pug on Guy’s Cliffe Road is changing to The Fat Wasp.
Meanwhile The Engine, on Mill End, Kenilworth will be known as The Engine Room.
Wasps supporters at each pub will also be able to catch a coach to Wasps’ final match of the season by pre-booking at the bar.
Tom Eales, Group Sales Manager at Wasps, has been working with the pubs on their new names.
He said: “These pubs are known as hotspots for fans of the Black and Gold, so we wanted to work with them to mark the final game of the season.
“This is the last time that Wasps will be at home for around four months – which is longer than usual due to the World Cup in Japan – so we thought it’d be good to lay on a coach and do something a bit different to celebrate.
“Each participating pub is taking bookings for supporters to make a return coach journey from their local pub to the Ricoh, and all being well, it is something we’re looking to do more of next season.”
Supporters can take advantage of a ticket and coach bundle offer, starting from £20 per person, by pre-ordering directly at the bar at each participating pub.
Tickets for Wasps’ clash against Harlequins are also available by visiting www.wasps.co.uk
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