Heineken Cup Final In Eh12 In 2009

ImageEdinburgh and Scotland full-back Hugo Southwell took time out of his preparations for the national team's summer tour of Argentina to lift the Heineken Cup aloft at the Castle.

Fingers crossed that situation will be repeated_when the premier competition in northern hemisphere rugby comes to the Scottish capital in 12 months time after it was announced the 2009 Final will be staged at Murrayfield.

Southwell said: "It is fantastic news that the Final will be here at Murrayfield next year and it gives us all an extra incentive to progress through to the knock-out stages of the Heineken Cup next season.

"After beating both Leinster and Leicester in this year's competition, we are confident we can repeat those feats in the Pool stages next season and keeping our Heineken Cup run going into the business end of the season is one of our main objectives."

Remember you can gain admission to all three home matches in the Heineken Cup Pool stages plus all nine home games in the Magners League by signing up for a 2008/2009 Edinburgh season ticket. The prices range from _150 (Adults) through to _30 (Juniors, under-18s), so call 0131 346 5180 to reserve your spot at the Castle.

ERC, Heineken Cup organisers, are delighted to confirm that Scottish Rugby has won the right to host the 14th Heineken Cup final on the weekend of 23 / 24 May, 2009 " the second time European club rugby's showpiece match will be staged in the Scottish capital.

The 67,778 capacity Murrayfield Stadium, which previously staged the 2005 final when Toulouse clinched their third tournament triumph, will again host the world's biggest club rugby final and provide the setting for the climax of the European club season.

This weekend will see thousands of fans from Ireland, France and across Europe converge on the Welsh capital and pack-out the 74,500 Millennium Stadium when Munster face Toulouse in the Cardiff 2008 Heineken Cup final. Cardiff 2008 will see the third successive capacity attendance at a Heineken Cup final and follows last season's World Record Club rugby attendance of over 81,076 fans at the London 2007 final at the Twickenham Stadium.

A crowd of over 51,000 were at Murrayfield for the all-French final three years ago when Stade Fran_ais Paris took Toulouse to extra time before Guy Noves" team edged it 18-12_ for their unprecedented treble.

"We are delighted to be bringing the Heineken Cup final back to Scotland and congratulations to Scottish Rugby on securing the Heineken Cup 2009 final for Edinburgh," said ERC Chief Executive, Derek McGrath.

'the 2005 final at Murrayfield was a compelling match and the annual climax of the Heineken Cup tournament is now a must-see event " witness next Saturday's final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff between Munster and Toulouse.

'scottish sports fans can look forward to a festival of European rugby in Edinburgh in May 2009 and the City and region should also benefit from a significant financial windfall from staging the final._ In 2005 the final produced a _15m injection into the Edinburgh and Scottish economy, while Wales benefited to the tune of _25 million in 2006 and London by _18 million in 2007. We look forward to once again working closely with Scottish Rugby to build another great Heineken Cup final weekend for Edinburgh and Scotland."

Scottish Rugby, Chief Executive Gordon McKie, welcomed the news stating,

"We are honoured and delighted to have secured one of the world's flagship sporting events and it once again demonstrates Scottish Rugby's commitment to hosting world class premium events at Murrayfield Stadium.

We very much look forward to working in partnership with our key stakeholders to ensure that the Heineken Cup Final 2009 is a fantastic success both for Edinburgh and Scotland."

Paul Bush, Chief Operating Officer of EventScotland, said: 'today's announcement from the ERC that Scottish Rugby will host the 2009 Heineken Cup Final is a fantastic piece of news."

"Edinburgh's hosting of the Heineken Cup Final in 2005 was a huge success so we look forward to welcoming the showpiece finale of Europe's premier club competition back to Murrayfield Stadium next year.

'the announcement also adds further credibility to Scotland's growing reputation as a destination for major events, providing a further boost to our achievements in hosting major events."

Tickets for the Edinburgh 2009 Heineken Cup final at Murrayfield Stadium went on pre-sale today Monday, 19 May to supporters who have previously purchased tickets early through Ticketmaster for the Cardiff 2006, London 2007 and Cardiff 2008 finals.

Tickets will go on general sale to the public on Wednesday, 21 May 2008 from 12 noon through ticketmaster.co.uk (tel: 0844 847 2357 or 00442086165111) and are priced at _25, _40 and _60.with concessions tickets at _12.50, _20 and _30 available for under 18s._ Tickets may be subject to booking fees.

Scottish based fans can also purchase tickets from www.scottishrugby.org; via 0131 346 5100 (booking fee applies) or in person from Scottish Rugby's Ticket Centre at Murrayfield.

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