The semi-finals of the European Rugby Champions Cup will be played in front of sell-out crowds in Dublin and Lyon this weekend with over 90,000 fans set to attend the two high-profile matches.
Munster Rugby’s last-four clash with holders Saracens will go ahead in Dublin tomorrow at a packed Aviva Stadium while all available tickets have also been sold for ASM Clermont Auvergne’s showdown with Leinster Rugby at the Matmut Stade de Gerland on Sunday.
The increasing popularity of the tournament has been reflected in attendances this season, with the aggregate gate for the four quarter-final matches up by 62% compared with the same stage in 2015/16. Champions Cup crowds are set to pass the 1 million mark at next month’s Edinburgh final.
With demand high for the BT Murrayfield showpiece on 13 May, ticket sales for the finals will be closed from 23.00 (UK and Irish time) this evening in order to enable fans of both finalist clubs to have an equal opportunity to book their tickets for the final. The timing of re-opening ticket sales after the semi-finals will be communicated through epcrugby.com and official social media channels.