|Full name||Twickenham Stoop Stadium|
|Tenants||Harlequins and Harlequins Rugby League|
The Stoop in the western suburbs of London, England, officially the Twickenham Stoop Stadium, is the home stadium of both Harlequins rugby union team and Harlequins Rugby League who play in the Guinness Premiership and Super League respectively. The Harlequin Football Club (The Harlequins or Quins for short is an English Rugby union team who play in the top level of English rugby See Harlequin FC for the sister rugby union club Harlequins Rugby League is a Rugby league club representing the greater London London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland The Harlequin Football Club (The Harlequins or Quins for short is an English Rugby union team who play in the top level of English rugby See Harlequin FC for the sister rugby union club Harlequins Rugby League is a Rugby league club representing the greater London The English Premiership (known as the Guinness Premiership because of the league's sponsorship by Guinness) is a professional league competition for Rugby The stadium has a capacity of 12,700.
In 1906, Harlequins were invited by the Rugby Football Union to use the new national stadium in Twickenham. The Rugby Football Union (RFU is the Rugby union governing body in England In those early days, only one or two internationals were played there during the season, and it wasn't long before the RFU ground became the headquarters of the Harlequin Football Club.
In 1963, the Quins acquired an athletics ground with 14 acres (57,000 m²) just over the road from the RFU ground, which became the Harlequin training pitch. The ground was named Stoop Memorial Ground after Adrian Stoop, a former England international and longtime Harlequins player and president but is generally known as "The Stoop" with even the Harlequins' official website frequently using the informal name. Adrian Stoop (1883–1957 was an English -naturalised Rugby union player of Dutch descent The England national rugby union team represents England in Rugby union.
The ground's official name changed in July 2005 to Twickenham Stoop Stadium.
The redeveloped Lexus Stand on the western side of the ground opened in September 2005. is the Luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corporation.
In 2006, the rugby league club formerly known as London Broncos joined Harlequins at The Stoop, becoming Harlequins Rugby League. History See also History of rugby league The grass roots of rugby league can be traced to early football history, through the playing of ball games See Harlequin FC for the sister rugby union club Harlequins Rugby League is a Rugby league club representing the greater London On a particular day in 2006 the stadium held a Harlequins rugby union match and a Harlequins rugby league game on the same day. The rugby union match was played first, and in just a few hours the stadium was switched over for the Super League match. This involved changing field markings, advertising hoardings and such.
For the beginning of the 2007-2008 season there will be a new temporary stand in place until Richmond council agree to a permanent one. The difference with the old temporary stand is the new one will have a roof. Mark Evans (Chief Executive) confirmed at the pre season conference there will be no increase or reduction in the number of seats. He announced that the stand served purely to improve comfort for supporters with a small increase in ticket prices in this stand from £15-£17. The club may not break even on the stand by the time the season ends.