Fixtures - Top Bar

Big Game 9 shortlisted for two leading Sports Awards

Harlequins at Big Game 9

Harlequins is proud to announce today (Thursday 6th April) that Big Game 9, in association with IG, has been shortlisted for the Sports Business Awards’ ‘Best Sports Event of the Year’ and The Stadium Business Awards’ ‘Event of the Year’.

The awards, which will be hosted respectively in London and Dublin in June, recognise the best sporting event of 2016 from both a commercial and supporter perspective.

The nomination for The Stadium Business Awards will come down to a public vote and you can vote now for Big Game by clicking here.

When deciding the shortlist, judges, consisting of leading Sports Chief Executives and business professionals, looked for innovation and the achievement of attendance, engagement and brand awareness.

Each year Harlequins move their Christmas fixture from the 14,800 capacity Twickenham Stoop, to the 82,000 seated national stadium, Twickenham, for Big Game. Celebrating their 150th anniversary season, this year’s match, the ninth in its series, was one of the Club’s headline events.

Supporters packed into Twickenham Stadium to see Harlequins edge Gloucester Rugby, Harlequins recorded the largest sporting attendance in Europe that week, and a staggering 484% increase on their 13,287 average home attendance.

Millions more were reached in the national newspapers, via international television broadcast and online through an innovative social media campaign.

Harlequins’ Big Game series prides itself on being about more than just the rugby. 8,656 tickets were sold to local rugby clubs and schools, while 577 junior supporters had the privilege to play pre-match at the Home of Rugby. Additionally £80,000 was raised on the day for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and The Harlequins Foundation.

In their sesquicentennial year, Big Game 9 truly became Harlequin’s biggest ever game.

Commenting on the nominations, Harlequins Commercial Director Ned Wills said: “We are really proud to have Harlequins’ Big Game 9 nominated for two prestigious awards this summer. The Big Game series is a magnificent annual event which has become a headline fixture in the Aviva Premiership rugby calendar.

“These nominations are testament to the hard work, dedication and collective effort from our team of staff, players and Partners. Sporting events like this don’t just happen, and to have over 77,000 supporters attending a club rugby match is truly remarkable.”

Stadium Business Awards – Event of the Year shortlist
A-League Grand Final (National Football Federation) at Adelaide Oval, Australia
Bellew v Makabu WBC World Title Fight at Goodison Park (Everton FC), UK
Copa America Centenario USA 2016 at Levi’s Stadium, USA
Harlequins’ Big Game at Twickenham Stadium, UK
Sydney 7s at Allianz Stadium, Australia
NFL Monday Night Football (Raiders v Texans) at Estadio Azteca, Mexico

Sports Business Awards – Best Sports Event of the Year shortlist
British Cycling – 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships
Harlequins – Harlequins Big Game 9
ONE Championship
Premiership Rugby – Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2016
Professional Darts Corporation – World Darts Championship
Sepang International Circuit Sdn. Bhd. – Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix 2016

Latest News

AUDIO: Preview of this weekend’s Aviva Premiership action

It's the penultimate round of regular-season matches in the Aviva Premiership this weekend - Russell Hargreaves has the details.

Saracens name side to face Bristol Rugby

Saracens have named their team to face Bristol in round 21 of the Aviva Premiership on Saturday at Allianz Park,…

Schalk Brits

Northampton Saints team news versus Exeter Chiefs

The Northampton Saints team has been named for the Aviva Premiership Round 21 trip to Exeter. Injuries to Louis Picamoles…

JJ Hanrahan

Garvey to start for Bath Rugby in West Country derby

Matt Garvey will make his first start for Bath Rugby since January in the West Country Aviva Premiership derby against…

Matt Garvey

Gloucester Rugby make just one change for trip to Bath

Gloucester Rugby keep faith with the majority of the side that triumphed in La Rochelle last weekend, making just one…

Mariano Galarza

Exeter Chiefs side to face Northampton Saints

Rob Baxter says it’s vital his Exeter Chiefs grasp every opportunity afforded to them as they look to maintain their…

Gareth Steenson

Leicester Tigers team news for final home game

Graham Kitchener and Adam Thompstone will make their 100th starting appearances in a Leicester Tigers shirt in the final home…

Adam Thompstone

Team News for Bristol Rugby to face Saracens

Olly Robinson returns to the starting line-up as Bristol Rugby face reigning Premiership champions Saracens on Saturday (3pm KO). The…

Olly Robinson

Four Changes For Sharks Ahead of Tigers Clash

Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Leicester Tigers this Saturday at Welford Road in the Aviva Premiership…

Josh Charnley

Callum Chick not given up on top-six finish for Newcastle Falcons

Promising Newcastle Falcons flanker Callum Chick hasn't given up on helping his side qualify for a Champions Cup place next…

Jack Singleton still buzzing after baptism of fire at Worcester Warriors

Jack Singleton admits he never expected to get as much Aviva Premiership Rugby game time as he has had this…

Saracens sign Wales international lock Dominic Day

Saracens have completed the signing of Wales international lock forward Dominic Day for the for the upcoming 2017/18 season. 31-year…

Dominic Day

Tom Heathcote extends his stay at Worcester Warriors

Worcester Warriors are delighted to announce that Scotland international Tom Heathcote has put pen to paper on a new contract…

Tom Heathcote

Minimum standards criteria results

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has considered the findings of an independent audit report of the Greene King IPA Championship…

World Rugby welcomes Berlin Consensus Statement on concussion in sport

Expert group publishes comprehensive review of scientific papers on concussion Rugby continues to be aligned with recommended best practice Cross-sport…

Mark Lambert issues rallying call for Harlequins’ top-six push

A third season in a row without top flight European rugby is not an option for a club of Harlequins’…

Gloucester’s Henry Trinder: Top-six place at stake adds to West Country derby

Gloucester will be travelling to The Rec for their West Country derby against Bath in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday…

Henry Trinder

Referee appointments: Barnes, Garner and Doyle all in action

Three of Aviva Premiership Rugby’s most experienced referees will take to the field this weekend as another highly-charged round of…

The Premiership Rugby Final Photographic competition

To mark exactly one month to go to the 15th Premiership Rugby Final, on 27 May, Premiership Rugby are holding a…

Owen Farrell