Over 11,000 Tickets sold for Leicester Tigers match
23 October 2006 00:00
Cardiff Blues could smash all existing Heineken Cup attendance records when they meet twice-Champions Leicester Tigers at the 74,600 capacity Millennium Stadium on Sunday (29th October, 3pm).
The current attendance record for a Pool match was set last season when Toulouse faced London Wasps in front of a 34,000 strong crowd at Le Stadium, Toulouse and this year's pace-setters are Leinster who faced Gloucester in front of 22,500 last weekend.
But the Blues could beat those figures if the fans turn out in their droves for the biggest match of Heineken Cup round 2 this weekend to be hosted at Wales' national ground. Following their first ever victory in France, Cardiff Blues players Xavier Rush, Martyn Williams and Deiniol Jones climbed the Stadium roof today to promote the biggest match of the season to date against the Tigers.
The Blues have sold over 11,000 tickets already, after making the decision to move this massive game to their neighbouring ground, and today launched 55 helium balloons, representing the 55 clubs in the Blues region, from the Stadium roof with each balloon carrying a voucher for a pair of tickets for a Blues match.
Following the victory in France the ticket office has been exceptionally busy and supporters are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance for the match. The Blues broke the Celtic League attendance record last year at the national stadium when over 15,000 supporters witnessed a thrilling win against Leinster and they look set to break this record on Sunday having already sold over 11,000 tickets for the match. The highest attendance for a Heineken Cup match at the Arms Park was back in 2001 when 13,329 people turned up to watch them take on Saracens so the move to the Millennium will ensure that everyone will get the opportunity to cheer on their team.
Tickets for the middle tier are selling well with both the middle and lower tier being used on the day. Tickets are great value for money priced at £5 for juniors and £10 for adults in the lower tier and £10 for juniors and £20 for adults in the Middle Tier match tickets.
Cardiff Blues travel to Myreside on Friday to take on Edinburgh Rugby in a crucial Guinness PRO12 clash, and with Wales facing Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations at BT Murrayfield on Saturday, it promises to be a weekend of non-stop rugby action at the Scottish capital. Here are some useful advice to Cardiff Blues travelling supporters.
To celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished Guinness PRO12 Pack Bar, the world famous Irish brewer will be offering supporters free pints of the black stuff ahead of Saturday's clash with Ulster.
'TACKLE' - the first-ever joint community rugby initiative between the four professional teams in Wales has been launched (today Weds 19th October) bringing an inspiring new rugby education programme to young people in Communities First areas. Partners in the project were joined by Wales' star rugby internationals Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Gareth Davies (Scarlets) and Hallam Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons), for the launch at Aberdare Community School.
The Welsh Rugby Union, together with Pro Rugby Wales, has secured significantly improved insurance cover for all registered players, coaches and referees at each of its member clubs and regions at reduced costs -working with Aon, one of the world's largest insurance brokers and risk advisors.