Open the 2015/16 season with some classic West Country rivalry as Bath Rugby take on Gloucester Rugby and Exeter Chiefs in the West Country Challenge Cup at the Recreation Ground.
Tickets for both of Bath's home games are on general sale now, and are included in this year's season ticket.
The mouth-watering fixtures have been set up to ensure all three clubs are given meaningful tests ahead of what is sure to be another action-packed campaign in English rugby's top tier.
Bath winger, Matt Banahan, said: "As players, you can't wait to get out onto the field after the summer and to start by playing against two of our closest rivals will really get the boys ready for the season ahead.
"I'm sure the supporters of all three clubs will really enjoy getting back into the rugby season with what are going to be some really exciting games."
Tickets can be purchased by clicking here, by calling 0844 448 1865, or in person at the Ticket Office on Pulteney Bridge.
Hospitality available for both games:
VIP Tables in the Ricoh Suite for Bath Rugby v Gloucester - 26th September
The Ricoh Suite is all about fantastic dining, a convivial atmosphere and a great matchday experience, plus you'll be able to get an insight into the preparations and tactics for the game ahead as you will be visited by a member of the Bath Rugby squad.
As kick-off approaches take up your position in prime covered seats to enjoy the match itself before returning for more hospitality with Bath Rugby after the final whistle.
The package includes:
- Hostess welcome
- Complimentary bar serving beers, wines and soft drinks for 2.5 hours pre-match and 2.5 hours post-match
- Three course lunch
- Pre-match Q&A session with a member of the Bath Rugby squad
- Matchday programmes
- Covered match seats in the West Stand
- Post-match refreshments
- Post-match review with a member of the Bath Rugby squad
The cost of this package is £138+vat per person +VAT. Tables can be booked from two guests (to join other shared tables) up to parties of 10-12. For more information or to book, please contact the Hospitality Team on 01225 325200 option 2.
The Riverview Suite - Bath Rugby v Exeter Chiefs - Saturday 10th October
The Riverview Suite offers a club-like atmosphere for guests to enjoy and is ideal for those who want a little extra from their matchday experience at the Rec, but without the formality of corporate dining.
Informal and friendly with excellent food and service, it's a great way to get into the spirit of the game and best suited for smaller parties of two to six guests (parties of two guests are sat with other parties of two).
The package includes:
- Complimentary bar serving beers, wines and soft drinks for two hours pre-match, half-time and half an hour post-match.
- Extensive three course hot and cold buffet
- Q&A session with a member of the Bath Rugby Squad
- Match ticket in the West Stand (Covered seating)
- Matchday programme
- Tea and coffee
The cost of this is £120 +VAT per person. For more details or to book, please contact the Hospitality Team on 01225 325200 option 2.
West Country Challenge Cup fixtures:
Saturday, September 5th – Exeter Chiefs v Gloucester Rugby – Sandy Park -16.30
Sunday, September 13th – Gloucester Rugby v Bath Rugby – The Memorial Stadium – 15.00
Saturday, September 19th – Exeter Chiefs v Bath Rugby – Sandy Park – 15.00
Saturday, September 26th – Bath Rugby v Gloucester Rugby – Recreation Ground – 17.45
Saturday, October 3rd – Gloucester Rugby v Exeter Chiefs – The Memorial Stadium – 15.00
Saturday, October 10th – Bath Rugby v Exeter Chiefs – Recreation Ground – 17.45