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.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
After a series of contract announcements last week, hooker Richard Hibbard is the latest Gloucester Rugby player to commit to a new contract at the club and told GRTV how much he enjoys playing in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.
A try scorer in the 36-18 Aviva Premiership win over Wasps at Kingsholm on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted that Gloucester would enjoy the moment but can't get too carried away. The team got what they deserved but the winger wants these performances to be more frequent.
England Head Coach Eddie Jones has made two changes to his side to play Australia in Saturday's final match of the Old Mutual Wealth Series at Twickenham Stadium (kick-off 2.30pm, live on Sky Sports 2). Jonny May lines up on the left wing.