Friday 22 September 2017

Connacht set for Toulouse sell-out as heroics in France spark ticket rush

Connacht's players celebrate after beating Toulouse in the Ernest Wallon stadium
Connacht's players celebrate after beating Toulouse in the Ernest Wallon stadium

Declan Rooney

Connacht have seen an immediate reward for their shock 16-14 win in Toulouse, with around €40,000 worth of extra tickets being sold already for Saturday's rematch in the Sportsground.

A huge rush on sales started shortly after the full-time whistle at Stade Ernest Wallon on Sunday, with over 1,500 extra tickets being sold by lunchtime yesterday.

Connacht are erecting extra stands at both ends for the game, which will increase the capacity above 9,000. The record 9,120 which packed into the Galway venue for their maiden Heineken Cup home game against Toulouse in 2011 looks set to be matched.

The introduction of the temporary stands means that around 2,000 tickets are still available, but Connacht have urged fans to get them quickly as the match will be a sell-out.

"We have seen a huge injection of interest since the Toulouse win and we really want to have as many Connacht fans here at the weekend too, but they will have to move fast," said commercial and marketing manager Alex Saul.

Irish Independent

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