Gloucester vs Munster - Tickets still available for Big Screen
1 April 2008 14:45pm
By Gloucester Rugby
GLOUCESTER Rugby will go the extra yard to help satisfy demand for their Heineken Cup quarter-final against Munster - by launching a big screen event at GL1 Leisure Centre.
The current Guinness Premiership leaders will take a slice of the legendary Kingsholm atmosphere on the road for the first time ever by allowing up to 2,000 supporters the opportunity to watch the game together.
The last remaining tickets at Kingsholm sold out in little under an hour last Monday and with increased demand for what is one of the biggest games in the club's history, the additional venue is the next best thing to reproduce the matchday experience.
"The Heineken Cup quarter-final represents a massive occasion for both the club and the City as a whole - there has probably never been an occasion like it in terms popularity for us," said Gloucester's managing director Ken Nottage.
"We are aware that due to the massive demand for this game we were unable to accommodate everyone at Kingsholm but we want to do something special for a game of this magnitude and hope it is something the city and supporters will really support.
"The club is doing everything they can to ensure supporters who want to be around the city to soak up the atmosphere on that day can ? I think this is a great initiative."
Ken Meakins, Marketing Manager of GL1 said: "If we can assist in some way by becoming a mini Kingsholm I think it will be fantastic for the city and Gloucester Rugby.
"I am positive GL1 can go some way to replicating Kingsholm?s unique atmosphere and we look forward to welcoming in both Gloucester and Munster fans for a great day's rugby - which is something the city is famous."
There are 2000 tickets available at £10 each, with a complimentary pint on arrival. Doors open at 1pm and will show the first quarter-final between London Irish and Perpignan before Gloucester's showdown at 5.30pm.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Monday March 17th at the ticket office, on the phone 0871 8718781 or are available on line at www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).