With Heathrow an Official Provider to Rugby World Cup 2015 and the majority of the 500,000 anticipated overseas fans as well as the participating teams arriving through the airport it certainly celebrated in style yesterday – unveiling a five metre high giant rugby ball at Terminal 3.
The giant rugby ball kicks off Heathrow’s coverage of the Rugby World Cup to passengers and colleagues and was unveiled by rugby legend, Will Greenwood. Greenwood, who was part of the 2003 winning England squad, also handed out winning tickets to some lucky competition winners and met plenty of fans – both passengers and Heathrow staff.
Will Greenwood said: “After playing in front of more than 80,000 at Twickenham, I understand the pressure and importance of fielding your A-team on the day. The Heathrow team are used to doing this every day as they welcome millions of passengers each year. This tournament gives us a great opportunity to give the world a warm welcome to the UK as this memorable rugby season kicks off.”
John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive of Heathrow said; “As the UK’s front door, Heathrow is proud to welcome rugby fans and players from across the globe to Rugby World Cup 2015. Most of the teams have now arrived through and the excitement is building for the opening ceremony and games. We are delighted to be part of the team working to make this a fantastic tournament for everyone involved.”
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About Heathrow: Heathrow is the UK’s hub airport, home to more than 80 airlines connecting to more than 180 destinations. Every year Heathrow welcomes over 70 million passengers with a commitment to ‘making every journey better’. Following an investment of more than £11 billion over the past 10 years, passengers have voted Heathrow the ‘Best Airport in Western Europe’, ‘Best Airport Terminal’ for Terminal 5 and ‘Best Airport for Shopping’ 7 years in a row.