GLOUCESTER Rugby are now able to confirm - following extensive discussions with the ERC - that tickets for the European Challenge Cup final against London Irish will go on sale to season ticket holders on Sunday, May 7 from the ticket office at Kingsholm at 10am.
The club have been told their allocation, likely to be around 5,500 tickets for the Twickenham Stoop showdown, will not arrive at Harlequins' ground until May 4 and therefore not be available to sell individually from Kingsholm until Sunday 7th May.
Subsequently, our opponents London Irish, who have the same allocation but fewer season ticket holders, have chosen to sell their tickets in advance from The Stoop and via the Harlequins website.
However, Gloucester Rugby is aware that the majority of its supporters prefer to buy direct from Kingsholm and that buying online is simply not an option for every supporter. With over 6,000 season ticket holders, Gloucester Rugby has to allow its season ticket holders the very best opportunity to guarantee a ticket.
Initially, season ticket holders will be allowed to purchase one ticket in return for voucher H in the season ticket booklet. On Sunday, May 7 and Monday, May 8 season ticket holders can buy one ticket from the ticket office.
If there are any tickets remaining, season ticket holders will have the opportunity to buy a ticket for themselves and a friend on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th before any remaining tickets go on general sale on Thursday 11th.
Supporters who are coming to the final Guinness Premiership match of the season against London Wasps on Saturday, May 6 and are unable to make it back to Kingsholm on Sunday are entitled to leave voucher H with friends and/or other season ticket holders so they can be exchanged.
The club will not restrict the number of 'H' vouchers that supporters may wish to present to the ticket office.
Gloucester are expecting three tiers of prices to be made available and they are: £30 top price, £20 middle price and £15 lowest price with £10 concessions for the middle and lower ranges. Both Gloucester Rugby and London Irish are still awaiting confirmation from ERC of how many tickets in each category they will receive.
The ticket office will be open on Sunday, May 7 from 10am to 5pm and from 9am to 6.30pm from Monday to Thursday.
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