BUCS Big Wednesday 2018



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BUCS Big Wednesday

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21 March 2018 - University of Nottingham 


The pinnacle of the university team sports programme, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Big Wednesday, is heading to Nottingham on Wednesday 21 March 2018. 

Hosted by the University of Nottingham for the first time, the event will take place in four hub venues in the city including the £40 million David Ross Sports Village on University Park campus. The Championship finals see the top student Premier League teams in the United Kingdom battle it out to be overall National champion. In the Trophy competition, squads from the second tier of the BUCS leagues compete for the coveted Trophy Cup. 

With thousands of university sport teams taking part in the BUCS leagues every year, only the very best make it through to the BUCS Big Wednesday finals. Seeded by their league position in the Championship and a draw in the Trophy, the teams have to qualify via several gruelling knockout stages.

Unversity of Nottingham teams in the finals:

Eleven University of Nottingham teams have made it to the final stages of the competition - can they complete a dream victory on home soil? 

Read more about each team in our pre-match previews on the University of Nottingham Sport blog and check out below how you can bring the #GreenandGold a huge home advantage!

 Time Venue CompetitionUoNOpponent Tickets
10am David Ross  Badminton - Women's Trophy UoN 2s Durham 1s Click here
11am David Ross  Squash - Women's Trophy UoN 2s Bristol 2s Click here
11am David Ross  Squash - Men's Trophy UoN 2s Derby 1s Click here
12pm David Ross  Water Polo - Men's Trophy UoN 1s Manchester 1s Click here
1pm David Ross  Squash - Women's Championship UoN 1s Edinburgh 1s Click here
2pm David Ross  Badminton - Women's Championship UoN 1s Loughborough 1s Click here
2.30pm David Ross  Squash - Men's Championship UoN 1s UWE1s Click here
2.30pm Hockey Centre Hockey - Women's Championship UoN 1s Loughborough 1s Click here
4.30pm David Ross Table Tennis - Men's Trophy UoN 2s Derby 1s Click here
7pm David Ross Table Tennis - Women's Championship UoN 1s Durham 1s Click here
7pm David Ross Table Tennis - Men's Championship UoN 1s UCL 1s Click here


Follow the #BUCSBigWednesday action online


We are #GreenandGold - get behind the teams!

Check out our #GreenandGold fan hub

Head to David Ross Sports Village on March 21 where we'll have face painters on hand to make you as #GreenandGold as possible as well as official UoN PlayerLayer and event stash on sale!

Leave your good luck message

Our popular video box will be back at David Ross Sports Village from 16 March - leave your good luck message for your favourite team or player and you could win a stash bundle!

Are you the ultimate #GreenandGold fan? 

If no other colours will do, we want to hear from you! Just tag @UoNSport on Twitter or Instagram with your best #GreenandGold pose by 21 March. Our favourites will win stash and other prizes!



Al events at BUCS Big Wednesday will be ticketed. Tickets are available online and on the door, subject to availability.

  • Tickets purchased for a sport or area will be for all games taking place during the day. Last entry times are displayed on the ticketing page.
  • Upon purchase you will receive a QR code which acts as your ticket. This can be shown on your smartphone / tablet or printed out.
Tickets for University of Nottingham students and staff* will be: 
 Event Venue Cost**
Badminton and Netball  David Ross Sports Village  £2
Basketball  David Ross Sports Village  £2
Fencing and Table Tennis  David Ross Sports Village  £2
Lacrosse  David Ross Sports Village  £2
Squash  David Ross Sports Village   £2
Water Polo  David Ross Sports Village  £2
Volleyball  David Ross Sports Village  £2
Hockey  Nottingham Hockey Centre  £2
Rugby Union, Rugby League and Football  Highfields sports complex  £2
Tennis  Nottingham Tennis Centre  £2

* A valid University of Nottingham staff or student card will be need to be shown alongside your ticket when entering a venue. 

** £2 from each ticket sale will be donated to the Official Event Charity, the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Trust (CBTRC). 

Tickets for other insitutions and members of the general public will be: 

 Event VenueNon-student  Student*
Badminton and Netball David Ross Sports Village £8 £3
Basketball David Ross Sports Village £10 £5
Fencing and Table Tennis  David Ross Sports Village £5 £2
Lacrosse David Ross Sports Village £8 £3
Squash David Ross Sports Village £8 £3
Water Polo David Ross Sports Village £5 £2
Volleyball  David Ross Sports Village £8 £3
Hockey Nottingham Hockey Centre £10 £5
Rugby Union, Rugby League and Football Highfields sports complex £10 £5
Tennis Nottingham Tennis Centre £5 £2

* A valid student ID card will need to be shown alongside your ticket when entering a venue. 


Getting here

Directions and public transport:

Please click here  for details of how to reach the University by road and public transport. 

Competitors and spectators at BUCS Big Wednesday can also purchase a special tram "day event" ticket for just £2, available on all ticket machines along the network. Proof of ticket or athlete accreditation will need to be shown alongside the ticket to validate - failure to show may result in a fine.

The nearest tram stop to the hub venues is either University of Nottingham (Nottingham Hockey Centre and and Nottingham Tennis Centre) or University Boulevard (David Ross Sports Village and Highfields sports complex). Park and ride is also available from Toton Park. 

Car Parking:

All competitors and spectators are asked to please park in the Florence Boot field event car park - directly adjacent to the West Entrance onto University Park campus. Volunteers will be on hand to direct you to the current event hub - all locations are just a short 10-15 minute walk away. 

Blue badge parking is available at all four event hubs and our security team will direct you to the correct spaces. Please pre-book in advance by contacting Jo Smith at jo.smith@bucs.org.uk

Coach Parking:

Dedicated coach drop-off and collection points are available at each sports hub. Please note, there is no dedicated coach parking available and all coaches will be required to leave site promptly after drop-off / collection. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What options are there to buy food and drink at the event? 

Please note, NO alcohol can be brought on-site at any of our event hubs. Alcohol may be purchased and consumed at the catering facilities where provided. 

David Ross Sports Village:
The Clubhouse Café will be open throughout the day, serving a selection of hot and cold refreshments. There will also be an additional bar facility serving alcohol and other beverages. 

Highfields sports complex:
A catering van will be on-site serving hot and cold food, hot drinks and non-alcoholic refreshments. 

Nottingham Hockey Centre:
The Stick and Pitcher bar will be open throughout the event and there will be an additional bar facility within the spectator area. 

Nottingham Tennis Centre:
The Bean Culture Café will be open throughout the event, serving a selection of hot and cold refreshments. 

There are also several other cafés and restaurants on campus - please click here for the full list. 

Please note, separate catering will be provided for athletes, officials and volunteers - further information will be sent directly to these groups by the event organisers. 

We require disabled access and parking - how can we arrange this? 

Blue badge parking is avaialble at all four BUCS Big Wednesday hub venues as well as accessible seating.

Please contact Jo Smith at jo.smith@bucs.org.uk to arrange in advance. 

I'd like to volunteer at the event - are there any opportunities? 

University of Nottingham and BUCS are recruiting a team of over 100 volunteers to deliver the BUCS Big Wednesday event. No prior sporting experience is required and the roles offer a fantastic opportunity to experience a huge national event first-hand. 

Limited roles are still open for applications, for more information contact Jack Kavanagh at jack.kavanagh@nottingham.ac.uk (University of Nottingham students) or Danielle Shields at danielle.shields@bucs.org.uk (all other volunteers).

Is there accomodation available on campus?
The Orchard Hotel is located opposite from the David Ross Sports Village and is an ideal location for spectators wishing to stay on campus. To book, email emccreservations@devere.com or call 0115 87 60900 and select Option 1. 


University of Nottingham Sport

David Ross Sports Village
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000
email: sport@nottingham.ac.uk