TICKETS still available for EDF Energy Semi Final at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday, March 22nd (2.30pm) against Welsh side Ospreys.
The EDF Energy Cup semi-finals are on course to set a new rugby record at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
Just three weeks after a new sporting attendance crowd of 31,407 was achieved when Coventry City faced Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final, organisers are confident of creating another slice of Ricoh history next Saturday. (March 28)
The previous highest crowd to watch a rugby match at the Ricoh was 28,146 when Saracens faced Munster in the Heineken Cup semi-final last April.
Gloucester Rugby face Ospreys in the first semi-final at 2.30pm followed by Cardiff Blues against Northampton Saints at 5.15pm.
Jon Duckworth, head of marketing and promotions at Premier Rugby, said: "The packed Ricoh Arena was a fantastic advertisement for the FA Cup when Coventry City played Chelsea and I am sure it will gain just as much national and international exposure when the EDF Energy Cup semi-finals are staged there.
"The venue is fast establishing a great reputation for hosting top sporting and entertainment action and we want to continue that when the EDF Energy Cup semi-finals come to the city for the first time.
"Looking at current ticket sales, the signs are that the previous rugby attendance set when Munster fans came over from Ireland to cheer on their team against Saracens will be broken.
"The tickets are great value: from as little as £20 supporters are able to see two top-class matches and it should be a great family occasion."
Liz Cooper, marketing director at the Ricoh Arena, said the Jaguar Exhibition Hall would be open from 11am for refreshments and entertainment.
"The Jaguar Hall will be a free hospitality area where there will be music and play zone inflatables for children and it will be open all day," she said.
"It is fantastic that the Ricoh has been chosen to stage the semi-finals. We want everyone to come along and have a great day out as well as watch four top teams in action as they battle it out to reach the final at Twickenham."
Tickets for the semi-final, priced at £35, £28, £20 and £10 for under-15s, are on sale at www.ticketmaster.co.uk or by ringing 0844 847 2492, while hospitality packages, starting at £85 plus VAT per person, are available by telephoning 0844 873 1883 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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.
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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).