The state-of-the-art Twickenham Stadium is the undisputed home of rugby. Affectionately known as Twickers and boasting a capacity of over 81,000, it's the largest rugby ground in the world, hosting international matches for the England national team, club rugby matches and occasional major music events. It's also home to The World of Rugby Museum.
The Rugby Football Union (RFU) purchased Twickenham as a ten-acre plot of land in 1907, paying just £5,000, 12 shillings and sixpence. In its early years the ground was given over to war efforts - during both world wars it was used as a grazing field for livestock and as a huge vegetable patch. Things couldn't be any more different today. The pitch alone cost £1.2 million to develop, with under-soil heating and an irrigation system that is one of the best in the world.
When it comes to big matches, Twickenham is renowned for its atmosphere. As Swing Low Sweet Chariot swirls around the crowd it's hard not to lose your breath. The arena has also witnessed some of England's most famous triumphs and defeats, from the 1980 Five Nations Grand Slam to Australia's World Cup final in 1991. A phenomenal arena with an extraordinary past, Twickenham is the ultimate place to watch rugby.
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