A NEW RECORD WILL BE SET
Fans of Wasps and Leicester Tigers have been urged to arrive early to their eagerly-awaited Midlands showdown at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.
A new Aviva Premiership home ground attendance record will be set after Wasps confirmed last week that all 32,600 tickets have been sold for the Premiership game which kicks-off at 3.15pm.
Turnstiles will click into life at 1pm with the fans village in the Jaguar Hall throwing open its doors at noon as well as at half-time and post-match.
Live music will be played while there will also be activities for all the family as fans from both teams have the chance to mingle.
On-site car-parking has already sold out but off-site parking can be booked at www.ricoharena.com
A free courtesy bus service will be operating from Coventry train station to the Ricoh Arena from 11am until kick-off and then from the final whistle until 7pm.
Andy Gibb, managing director at the Ricoh Arena, said interest in the game was high as both clubs continue their fight to secure a top six finish for European Champions Cup qualification and maintain their push for the Aviva Premiership play-offs as well as secure local bragging rights.
“I think everyone agrees this is a long-awaited match between local rivals with a long playing history between them which makes it all the more special,” he said.
“As this is a complete sell-out we want to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible so I would appeal to everyone to get here early.
“As well as setting a new home stadium attendance record, we have sold our highest number of hospitality covers of 2,165.”
Wasps also hope to establish a record for the most wigs worn at a Premiership rugby match by handing out 15,000 Ashley Johnson wigs to supporters.
The club’s academy is aiming to raise £10,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity as part of their off-field development programme in the #IAMASHLEYJOHNSON campaign.
The Ricoh Arena’s previous record crowd of 31,407 was set during Coventry City’s quarter-final FA Cup tie against Chelsea in 2009 while Saturday’s match will also break the Aviva Premiership home ground attendance record of 28,254, which was set at Wasps’ inaugural game at the Ricoh Arena in December last year against London Irish.