Monday 20 November 2017

Fans join scrum for seats at 2013 final

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

DUBLIN is in line for a multi-million-euro boost next summer when the two biggest prizes in European rugby are hosted in the capital.

The decision to host the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals at the Aviva stadium is likely to result in a €30m windfall for city businesses.

A total of 19,000 tickets for the matches go on sale today at noon, with Heineken Cup prices ranging from €35 to €65. Prices for the Amlin Challenge Cup will cost between €15 and €55.

Last week, 5,000 were sold to fans who have previously bought tickets for the Heineken Cup finals, priced at €75 for both games.

A spokesman for tournament organisers, Dublin-based European Rugby Cup, said research from Cardiff which hosted both finals in 2011 showed that €30m was spent in the local economy over the cup finals weekend.

The research demonstrated that over 84pc of fans who attended the finals were from outside Wales, with 61pc staying at least one night in the host city, while those who attended both finals stayed even longer.

"Already 5,000 tickets were made available last week for people who had previously purchased tickets for the last four Heineken Cup finals in advance of the knockout stages," he said.

"They were tickets for both games and cost €75, or €99 for tickets and a Dublin pass which allow fans into 30 attractions. Another 20,000 will go on sale today, priced between €35 and €65.

"We would expect about a €30m spend over the weekend, based on research from Cardiff."

The 50,000-capacity Aviva stadium will host the 2013 Heineken Cup final on May 18, and the RDS will host the Amlin Challenge Cup final the night before, which can be attended by 18,500.

Dublin has never previously staged the Amlin final, but it has hosted the Heineken showpiece twice before. The last time was in 2003 when Toulouse beat Perpignan 22-17 at the old Lansdowne Road stadium.

Irish Independent

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