Harlequins to host Great Britain Hockey double-header

English Premiership rugby union club Harlequins has revealed that Great Britain Hockey will play two home games at its Twickenham Stoop stadium next year.

The Great Britain men’s and women’s teams will face off against New Zealand as part of a double-header event on June 23.

Great Britain hockey teams have never before played competitive matches at the 15,000-capacity rugby union venue.

The venture has been made possible through a three-way agreement between Harlequins, Great Britain Hockey and the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

The two matches will form part of the new FIH Pro League. Great Britain will play the remainder of its games in the competition at Lee Valley in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Great Britain’s ticket ballot for the Twickenham games is now closed, with those who applied to be contacted today (Tuesday) with details of their application. Season tickets are still available for 12 games.

Sally Munday, chief executive of England Hockey, said: “I am hugely excited about the prospect of taking both of our national teams to the Twickenham Stoop.

“The demand for tickets in the ballot showed that the appetite is there for a venue of this size, and I would like to place on record my thanks to both Harlequins and the FIH for their help in making this happen.

“The FIH Pro League is a huge step forward for the sport, and we are immensely grateful to our partners for their support.”

David Ellis, chief executive of Harlequins, added: “Our club has a history of innovation and adventure and we take great pride in being able to offer our neighbours and supporters the chance to see something different at The Stoop.

“Hockey supporters from all over the country are welcome at our home and can look forward to enjoying a day to remember here in June.”