PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Beast of the East, a collegiate rugby tournament presented by the Rhode Island Rugby Football Foundation and Providence Rugby, returns to Portsmouth this April.
The annual tournament will take place over two days, Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23, at the Gardner Seveney Sports Complex, 715 East Main Road.
The tournament will be held on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (estimated) and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
McGrath Clambakes and Del’s Lemonade (weather dependent) will provide refreshments to purchase on site.
The complete team schedule will be available the week of the tournament on the Beast of the East website here.
Rules for spectators
Visitors are asked to adhere to the following rules.
- Absolutely NO ALCOHOL will be allowed anywhere on tournament grounds.
- No open flames, including grills of any kind are permitted at the sports complex.
- Dogs are allowed on a leash (they are not however allowed on the bus to/from the tournament parking).
- Portable toilets have been provided at all fields. Please help us keep them clean.
- No pets or children under the age of 5 will be allowed on the bus.
Parking – Pennfield School
SPECTATORS ONLY may park at the Pennfield School, located at 110 Sandy Point Ave., Portsmouth.
There will be approximately 60 spots available. There is a walkway from the school to the fields. Please check the sign on East Main Road before you turn into the lot.
The cost is $20 per car per day and space is available on a first come, first serve basis.
Parking – Sachuest Beach lot
Spectators may also park in the parking lot at Sachuest (Second) Beach, located at 600 Sachuest Point Road in Middletown.
Buses will run continuously between satellite parking and the fields beginning at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday and 7 a.m. on Sunday. Please give yourself enough time to park and take the shuttle prior to the match.
The parking lot is just over 5 miles and a 15 min drive from the fields. No pets or children under the age of 5 will be allowed on the bus.
Parking for spectators will be $5/car for the weekend. Everyone will be given a parking pass upon entry to the parking lot.
This pass must be displayed on the dash of your vehicle while parked, or your vehicle will be towed at your expense. You may come and go at no extra cost as long as you present the pass to the parking attendants.
Parking at the fields is for authorized personnel or those with a handicapped sticker. All others will be towed at the owner’s expense.
There is absolutely NO PARKING along Route 138 (East Main Road) at any of the businesses or at the plaza across from the fields, unless you are a customer. If you park there, you will be towed, no exceptions.
Parking for players and coaches
Players should be dropped at the complex, and then send a driver with the van or car to satellite parking at Second Beach.
Players and coaches should park at Sachuest (Second) Beach in Middletown. Buses will run continuously between satellite parking and the fields beginning at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday and 7 a.m. on Sunday.