Barcelona Visit A Hit With Scottish Football Fans

It has been confirmed today that more than 12,000 tickets have been sold in the first twelve days for the FC Barcelona v Heart of Midlothian FC match at Murrayfield on Saturday July 28th. This match will take place at the revised time of 4.00pm.It has been confirmed today that more than 12,000 tickets have been sold in the first twelve days for the FC Barcelona v Heart of Midlothian FC match at Murrayfield on Saturday July 28th. This match will take place at the revised time of 4.00pm.
The match will kick-off earlier following discussions between the police and Scottish Rugby officials in order to accommodate a Lothian and Borders Police request.
The police considered a 4pm kick-off time to be more suitable for this game and all parties involved were happy to oblige. Tickets remain valid for the new kick-off time.
The sale of 18,000 tickets (including those sold for the match against Dundee United at Tannadice on Thursday 26th July) for the two games demonstrates the huge interest that the Scottish public has shown in these matches.
The rate of ticket sales for the Edinburgh game – running at 1,000 a day – since sales began provides the strongest indication yet that the largest ever crowd for a football match at Murrayfield will watch the pre-season match between Hearts and Barcelona at the home of Scottish Rugby.
In addition both Hearts and Scottish Rugby have noted the wide geographical spread of supporters attending the game, with tickets being sold to fans both north and south of the border.
The largest football crowd so far at Murrayfield was 32,459 when Hearts faced Greek giants AEK Athens in August 2006 and it is widely expected that a significantly higher number of supporters will attend this exciting game.
The sports management and conference business PLATINUM ONE, which contracted with Barcelona for a week of its 2007/08 pre-season, anticipated the popularity of the game in planning for the match and, with Heart of Midlothian and Scottish Rugby, decided to stage the match at Murrayfield in the interests of making it accessible to as many sports fans as possible. As well as playing the two matches the Barcelona full first team squad will be based for a week at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrew’s. The squad will train at the neighbouring St Andrew’s University.
Gordon McKie, Chief Executive of Scottish Rugby, said: “Murrayfield’s first class facilities are ideal for a game of this calibre and we are looking forward to welcoming both Barcelona and Hearts to the stadium. As ticket sales show, the event has so far proved to be very popular and I’m sure it will continue to receive a lot of interest as the game draws closer. This match has allowed us to continue good working relations with our sporting neighbours, to showcase Murrayfield and help more Hearts supporters see their team on the European stage.”
Fintan Drury, PLATINUM ONE Chairman, said: “We are delighted by the first twelve days of ticket sales. The fact that the matches have already attracted such strong support proves the value of bringing such an iconic team to Scotland where there is an appreciation of sporting excellence. Initial ticket sales have surpassed our expectations and we anticipate that there will be a great atmosphere in Murrayfield on July 28th. The revised kick-off time of four o’clock will allow us to attract a broad-based family audience”
At this stage tickets for the East Stand at Murrayfield are selling out fast, with limited Category1 tickets remaining for the game.
Ali Russell, Hearts Commercial Director added: “To have sold 12,000 tickets for a fixture which does not take place until the end of July is staggering. Never before in Hearts’ history has there been such demand for a challenge match. This is a match that is capturing the imagination of Hearts supporters which is great, but also neutral supporters, who we are delighted to be welcoming for such a big game.
“Our message to supporters is that the best seats for this fixture are selling fast and that we’d encourage anyone wanting to attend this game to book tickets are early as possible to avoid disappointment.”
Tickets for the Hearts match can be purchased through Hearts Ticket Centre in person, online at www.heartsfc.co.uk (24 hours), or via 0871 663 1874 (24 hours); and through the Scottish Rugby Ticket Centre in person or by phone on 0131 346 5100 or on-line at www.scottishrugby.org. The Ticket Centre is staffed from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.