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
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV after the win in Brive that the game could have been a tough one to get up for, but that his Gloucester team mates did themselves proud on the night and got a big result.
Reflecting on the 31-20 victory in Brive on Thursday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that clinching a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final was the overall aim and duly achieved.
Gloucester may have already clinched a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys wants his side to finish the pool stages on a winning note in Brive on Thursday evening.
Speaking after Saturday's win, James Hudson was happy to record a bonus-point win against a hugely physical Oyonnax side as Gloucester secured their passage into the European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
Billy Burns was a try scorer on his first European start for Gloucester and, speaking after the game, admitted that it was good to get the five points although there are still things to work on before the trip to Brive.
Gloucester Rugby have added to their front row strength in depth for next season with the signings of Paul Doran-Jones, Paddy McAllister and Nicky Thomas from Harlequins, Aurillac and the Ospreys respectively.
Connacht's 30-20 win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening means that they are the third best placed runners up and will come to Kingsholm for the quarter-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup in early April.