With the deadline fast approaching for existing season ticket holders to renew their seats for the 2009-10 season, the Gloucester Rugby ticket office is doing brisk business.
A surge of sales in the past 24 hours has seen the club go past the 5,000 mark which includes season ticket renewals and 1873 Club memberships.
Gloucester Rugby Managing Director Ken Nottage said today:
"Considering the challenging climate that we've been facing in recent times, we're very happy with where we stand at present."
"There is still some time left for existing seat holders to renew for 2009-10 and we're confident that, once the weekend applications are processed, we'll have bettered last year's equivalent figure."
The Kingsholm ticket office will remain open until 6.30pm on Friday for supporters who want to renew their seats in person or by telephone. Friday will be the last day in which supporters can book either face to face with the ticket office or by telephone.
However, existing season ticket holders will be able to renew their seats online at www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk by entering their membership and reservation numbers over the weekend.
The ticket office will be closed on Monday 15th June in order to process any outstanding applications received by post or hand delivered on Saturday and Monday.
Supporters who wish to hand deliver applications can do so at the Club Shop on Saturday or at the Main Reception at Kingsholm on Monday.
Any seats which have not been renewed will be available on general sale from 9am on Tuesday 16th June. Supporters wishing to purchase these seats can do so either in person at the ticket office or by calling the ticket hotline on 0871 871 8781 option 2.
Supporters are also reminded that the early booking discount for purchasing 2009-10 season tickets will expire on Friday, 26th June (3.30pm).
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
David Humphreys was minutes away from a winning interview on Saturday afternoon, but a late try from Exeter Chiefs meant the points were shared at Sandy Park. Humphreys spoke with the local media after the 27-27 draw.
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Exeter Chiefs, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reiterated that there are elements of Gloucester's game that are in good shape at present, that the performance against Bath was a step forward from Newcastle but that individual errors are costing the Cherry and Whites dear.
Centre Matt Scott, a try-scorer in Bayonne last weekend, insists that Gloucester are taking nothing for granted when they welcome Benetton Treviso to Kingsholm on Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm).