Warriors target record crowd for 1872 Cup

Glasgow Warriors have today confirmed details of their home RaboDirect PRO12 matches against Treviso and Edinburgh Rugby, which were postponed earlier this season due to a waterlogged pitch at Scotstoun Stadium.

The Warriors game with Treviso will now be played on Friday 4 April (kick-off 7.35pm) and the 1872 Cup final against Edinburgh Rugby will take place on the weekend of 25/26/27 April, with the exact date and kick-off time to be confirmed.

The capacity of Scotstoun for the 1872 Cup final will be increased and could exceed the 13,246 record for this game, which was set at Murrayfield in season 2011/12. The capacity will be more than the 8,852 record for the fixture being played in Glasgow, when the two teams met at Firhill on 1 January 2012.

The 1872 Cup final will be played on the weekend of the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup semi-finals and therefore ERC must approve the date and kick-off time, once they know which teams will be involved in the last four stages of the European competitions.

The game with Edinburgh Rugby will be shown live on BBC ALBA, while the Treviso match will not be televised live.

Tickets purchased for both of the original fixtures are valid for the rearranged games, although tickets purchased in the east and west stands for the 1872 Cup final will be re-issued as there will be new stands in place.

Further tickets for both games have gone on sale today and are available from glasgowwarriors.org and the Warriors ticket office on 0844 800 3490 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm).

It has also been confirmed today that Ulster will travel to Scotstoun to play the Warriors on Friday 18 April. The Good Friday showdown will kick-off at 7.35pm and will be live on BBC ALBA. Capacity for this match is also expected to be increased to just under 10,000 and tickets for this game will go on sale tomorrow morning at 9am.

Glasgow Warriors have six home games and two away matches remaining this season.

Glasgow Warriors managing director Nathan Bombrys said: “We’ve been working with our various stakeholders for a number of weeks to find suitable dates for our postponed fixtures, to ensure both games can be played at the most suitable times.

"When it was clear all the teams involved would not be able to progress in Europe, we were able to reschedule the matches outside the RBS 6 Nations window.  

“Although the exact date and kick-off time for the Edinburgh game has still to be confirmed, we hope by confirming the weekend the game will be played will help supporters make appropriate plans.

“We’ve also been able to increase our capacity for the 1872 Cup final and the important RaboDirect PRO12 match against Ulster by bringing forward part of the build of the temporary seats, which will be put in place for the IRB Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s on 3 and 4 May.  

"We'd like to thank our partners at Scottish Rugby and Glasgow Life for enabling this to happen.

“We now have a fantastic opportunity to play our match against Edinburgh Rugby in front of a record Glasgow crowd and supporters of both teams can look forward to finding out who will lift the 1872 Cup next month.”