Supporters have been advised todaythat the only way to watch FC Barcelona, during their forthcoming tour of Scotland, is to see the Catalan giants in action against Heart of Midlothian FC (Hearts) at Murrayfield Stadium on 28th July, kick-off 4pm. Dundee United FC confirmed on Monday that their challenge match against Barcelona, scheduled for Thursday 26th July, kick-off 8pm, is now sold out following less than seven days of sales.Supporters have been advised todaythat the only way to watch FC Barcelona, during their forthcoming tour of Scotland, is to see the Catalan giants in action against Heart of Midlothian FC (Hearts) at Murrayfield Stadium on 28th July, kick-off 4pm.
Dundee United FC confirmed on Monday that their challenge match against Barcelona, scheduled for Thursday 26th July, kick-off 8pm, is now sold out following less than seven days of sales.
Whilst 14,500 supporters will be able to watch the game at Tannadice, considerably more will be able to take in the contest between Barcelona and Hearts.
The second match of Barcelona’s tour will be played at the home of Scottish Rugby, Murrayfield Stadium, in Edinburgh, where Hearts’ biggest ever crowd for a game against European opposition is expected.
In 1958 37,000 people watched Hearts take on Belgium team Standard Liege, an attendance which is expected to be smashed when Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto, and Eidhur Gudjonsson come to the capital shortly before the start of the new season.
PLATINUM ONE chairman Fintan Drury said: “Now people throughout Scotland know that if they want to see some of the world’s greatest players play for one of the world’s greatest teams there is only one opportunity left and that is on Saturday 28th July when Barcelona face Hearts at Murrayfield.
“It is wonderful that Dundee United supporters have snapped up all the tickets and it is encouraging that the early interest in the Hearts fixture has been massive too.”
Hearts commercial director Ali Russell said: “Football supporters in Scotland have shown an incredible enthusiasm for the visit of Barcelona. It’s really captured the imagination, as the ‘full-house’ signs at Dundee United demonstrate.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for supporters of any team in this country to come and see some of the world’s finest players in action. Everyone at Hearts would encourage those interested in attending this game to book tickets without delay.”
Eddie Thomson, Dundee United chairman added: “Given our history with Barcelona, we always knew there would be a big demand from our supporters for this match, but even we have been staggered at the rate of sales. Almost 13,000 tickets were sold in the five day priority period allocated to our own fans.
“Our attendance record at Tannadice is 28,000 - set when we played Barcelona for the first time in 1966 - and if the stadium still had this sort of capacity I wouldn't have been surprised if we had got close to this again, such has been the clamour for tickets.”
PLATINUM ONE, the sports management agency bringing Barcelona to Scotland in July for a week of its 2007/08 pre-season, confirmed that Frank Rijkaard’s first team 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.
Tickets for Barcelona v Hearts can be purchased through the 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, by phone on 0131 346 5100, or online at www.scottishrugby.org. The Ticket Centre is staffed from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.