Aberdeen record as Tonga tickets go past 18,000

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MORE than 18,000 tickets have already been sold for Saturday’s EMC Test between Scotland and Tonga at Pittodrie in Aberdeen, making it the biggest advanced sale for a rugby international in the city.

Ticket sales already exceed the attendance for the last time Scotland played in the Granite City – the 19-16 victory over Samoa two years ago, when some 18,254 fans were present, and are also above the sales figure for the game against Canada in 2008 and the Barbarians in 2005.

Scotland captain Kelly Brown said: “On behalf of the players, thanks very much to all those supporters who have cheered us on in record numbers at Murrayfield over the last fortnight and to those who’ll be at Pittodrie on Saturday.”

Given the demand from supporters in the north-east and the long-range weather forecast for this weekend, Scottish Rugby, in consultation with Aberdeen Football Club, is making some additional seats – which don’t have overhead cover – available for sale.

Tickets are still available online at www.scottishrugby.org, via the 24-hour credit card hotline 0844 335 3933 or in person from the ticket centre at Murrayfield or from the Aberdeen ticket office at Pittodrie.