GLOUCESTER Rugby's managing director Ken Nottage has hailed the launch of the new season ticket package for the 2008-09 season - after more than 5,000 were sold in the first seven weeks.
Season tickets went on general release this week and Nottage said: "The initial enthusiasm and take-up has been almost unprecedented at this stage of the close season.
"It confirms our justification of not only going on sale early but also freezing prices at this season's levels. The take-up in the C&G Grandstand and High Tech Stand has been exceptional and we hope sales will remain strong through the summer to watch what is arguably one of the best Gloucester sides ever next season.
"In the current economic climate we have tried to appreciate the demands this puts our supporters under and have structured out season ticket package accordingly. Gloucester is renowned for its support and the place it holds within the community and that is more important to us than ever.
"The facts remain that being a season ticket holder is the only guarantee there is of securing your place at Kingsholm for knockout games in the Heineken Cup and the Guinness Premiership. I would like to take this opportunity to thank every supporter who has already committed for next season at this stage - it's fantastic."
Seated tickets are still available in the Gold, Silver and Bronze section of the C&G Stand as well as in the High Tech Stand. Shed and West Terrace tickets are also available. Season tickets are available at the discounted prices until Friday, June 27th.
Speaking to the local media this week ahead of the Bath Rugby game, Head Coach Laurie Fisher stressed that the fundamental shape of Gloucester's game is in good shape but that the Cherry and Whites have to look after the ball better and make more of their scoring opportunities.
Skipper for the day Willi Heinz faced the cameras after the 13-18 home loss to Newcastle and expressed real frustration at not being able to back up last week's win at Sale, calling it a performance he and his team-mates are not proud of.
Speaking after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
It's a game of small margins at the highest level, and so it proved to be at Kingsholm on Saturday afternoon as two second-half Bath tries earned a 6-15 victory from a game which Gloucester had dominated for long periods.
Greig Laidlaw is back to skipper Gloucester Rugby in Saturday's Aviva Premiership derby game against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm. James Hook will make his first start of the season at full-back and Billy Twelvetrees will make his 100th competitive appearance for the club.