THE Scottish Rugby Union is confident it will attract a tournament record crowd when it hosts this season’s Guinness Pro12 final at BT Murrayfield on Saturday 28 May next year.
The home of Scottish rugby was yesterday confirmed as the venue for the showpiece occasion and the union immediately set its sights on surpassing the 26,100 who attended the 2011 then Celtic League Grand Final at Thomond Park in Limerick, when Munster beat Leinster.
Up until last season, the events were hosted by the highest seeded finalist but last season the league switched to a “destination final” and Glasgow became the first Scottish club to win a major trophy when they defeated Munster at Belfast’s Kingspan Stadium in front of an 18,000 sell-out.
Even if no Scottish team makes the final this season,
Dominic McKay, the SRU’s director of commercial operations, communications and public
affairs said he was sure that 2011 record will be surpassed. “The first thing we want to do is get the record crowd and we are going to beat that,” he said.
McKay, who is also a board director of Guinness Pro12, added: “Bringing the match to Scotland and BT Murrayfield in
Edinburgh is a great way to grow the tournament and we want to celebrate the climax to the season by welcoming fans from all Pro12 clubs to the final, to what promises to be a fantastic sporting event.”
Guinness Pro12 CEO John Feehan said: “The BT Murrayfield Stadium is a super venue for the Guinness Pro12 final. We invited offers from all 12 clubs and their regions to host the final. The tender from Edinburgh was outstanding and was unanimously agreed as the chosen venue.”
Tickets for the Guinness Pro12 final will go on general sale next Tuesday 15 September (from 12 noon) from scottishrugby.org. Tickets are priced at £20, £30, £35, £45 (adults) and £10, £15 (U18s).