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 email@example.com
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.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.