Tickets for the first ever GUINNESS PRO14 final on Saturday, May 26, 2018 are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.ie after Dublin’s Aviva Stadium was chosen as the venue for the Championship decider.
The GUINNESS PRO14 final returns to the Aviva Stadium where a record-breaking crowd of 45,566 witnessed history in May as the Scarlets claimed their second Championship title with a thrilling 46-22 victory over Munster.
Once again ‘Early Bird’ prices will be available via www.ticketmaster.ie with fans able to save up to 20% on selected categories while tickets start at €;30 for adults and €;5 for children.
Martin Anayi, CEO of PRO14 Rugby, was thrilled to announce the location of the 2018 final, saying: “The Aviva Stadium is a world class arena and that is one of the top-ranking criteria when it comes to deciding upon the venue for our showpiece game.
“With our expansion into South Africa and the inclusion of the Toyota Cheetahs and Southern Kings, we’ve also increased the size of the GUINNESS PRO14 final series which gives six teams the opportunity to reach the knockout stages.
“For fans that means greater opportunities for their teams to reach the GUINNESS PRO14 final in Dublin and experience the Test level standards and drama that knockout rugby produces.
“After the success in BT Murrayfield in 2016, we saw another record attendance in Dublin for the 2017 PRO12 final – now our goal is to beat that figure of 45,566 who bought tickets for last season’s decider.
“Dublin is a fantastic venue for rugby supporters who are used to coming here in the Six Nations while it is also the home of our title sponsors, GUINNESS, who are really excited at playing hosts for the thousands and thousands of passionate fans who will descend on Dublin on May 26. I’m also delighted to say we will again implement an Early Bird offer for fans who decide to back their teams and buy their tickets well in advance.
“For the 2017 final tickets were bought from across 39 countries so we know those fans will come from far and wide in the hope of seeing their team compete for the PRO14 trophy. Naturally, with the addition of the Toyota Cheetahs and Southern Kings we’ll hope to welcome fans from South Africa, too.
“When we sat down to review our options for the 2018 GUINNESS PRO14 final, we had a lot of interest from across the UK, Ireland and further afield. Some of those expressions of interest came from non-traditional rugby venues and while those options were appealing we needed to ensure that we put our fans first.
“Stadium availability always comes into focus as well and once we factored in event clashes in other countries then Dublin became the front runner for 2018.”
Oliver Loomes, Country Director, Diageo Ireland, was thrilled to reveal that the final will once again take place in the home of GUINNESS, “Following such a successful event last year we are delighted that the final is taking place once again at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, the home of GUINNESS,” he said.
“We are really looking forward to watching more epic encounters with the best teams from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy and now South Africa throughout the competition culminating in a nail biting final at this fantastic stadium.”
2018 GUINNESS PRO14 final ticket information: Fans can save up to 20% on selected tickets, and prices start at just €;30 for adults and €;5 for children. Tickets are on sale now via www.ticketmaster.ie. For further information visit www.pro14rugby.org/final.