"The phenomenal interest in the Heineken Cup final is such that we could have sold thousands of additional tickets - especially in Ireland - as was also the case for the Leicester semi-final against Llanelli in Nottingham last month," said Derek McGrath, ERC Chief Executive.
"We are committed to growing the final of the Heineken Cup to becoming a major European event and the decision that was taken in September to announce the final venue in advance of the begining of the tournament confirms we are on the right road. We are delighted to have two of the best supported teams in Europe in the final and, added to the successful promotion of the event since January, we are delighted there will be a packed house on the 25th."
In addition to the 43,000 tickets sold equally through Leicester and Munster, 26,000 tickets were sold by the semi-finals. The tournament broadcast partners and media account for 1,000 tickets. ERC, its tournament partners (Heineken, Orange, Parker Pen, Peugeot and Norton Rose) and official hospitality account for the remaining 4,000."
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