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Your guide to Leeds Varsity 2019

Check out your ultimate guide to the biggest sporting event of the year.

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What is Leeds Varsity?

Leeds Varsity is the biggest sports competition in the Leeds Beckett University calendar, where over 1,400 students compete across 25 fixtures for the right to be crowned the top sporting university in Leeds.

When does it take place?

Wednesday 2 October is the main date for the Leeds Varsity Festival and Rugby Finale.

The festival will see most of our teams compete throughout the day across Leeds Beckett University’s Headingley Campus, as well as venues at the University of Leeds, before the rugby teams take to the field at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

Entry to the festival is free and colleagues are welcome to come down and support your Leeds Beckett teams.

Where can I watch the teams play?

Leeds Varsity fixtures, locations and times are available on the Leeds Beckett Varsity website.

What is the Varsity opener?

Before the Festival and Rugby Finale fixtures, Leeds Beckett fans can cheer on two of our top teams, hockey and netball, as part of the official curtain raiser.

Both teams will compete on Tuesday 1 October against their University of Leeds rivals.

Leeds Beckett Sports Arena
Headingley Campus
Kick-off 19:00
Buy Leeds Varsity Netball tickets

University of Leeds’ Sports Park
Kick-off 18:00
Free entry

What is the Rugby Finale?

The Varsity Rugby Union Finale is the final event at the Leeds Varsity Festival.

This year will see both male and female first teams compete at Emerald Headingley Stadium for the first time ever in a special double header finale.

The women will open the double-header with kick-off at 17:15, before the men’s game kicks off at 19:00.

Where can I buy Rugby Finale tickets?

Tickets for the event are available to purchase online or if you prefer there are several places available to buy in person.

Leeds Varsity tickets are available to buy online from the Yorkshire Carnegie website.

Tickets are available to buy in person from the following places:

  • Sports Office, Carnegie Sports Centre, Headingley Campus
  • Campus Shop, City Campus
  • RB Espresso, City Campus
  • Gaia Café, City Campus
  • City & Headingley Freshers' Fairs

If you are buying tickets in person, you can buy tickets for the rugby finale and after-party in the same location.

The Sports Office will have tickets available until 16:00 on Wednesday 2 October, if the event has not already sold out. Please note, tickets cannot be purchased at the stadium on the evening of the game.


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