Gloucester vs Munster - Tickets still available for Big Screen
1 April 2008 14:45
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
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.