Connacht Rugby have confirmed that for the first time in over two years, temporary terracing will be installed at the Sportsground to accommodate a huge demand for tickets.
The terraces will be located in the Bohermore Road and College Road ends for both fixtures against Leinster in the United Rugby Championship (Saturday, March 26) and Heineken Champions Cup (Friday, April 8), and will bring the capacity at the Sportsground up to an extended 8,129.
This marks the first time additional terracing will be installed at the ground since before the Covid-19 pandemic, when 8,129 were in attendance for the Heineken Champions Cup match against Toulouse in January 2020.
Both games come at vital times in Connacht’s season, with the squad continuing its push towards reaching the URC play-offs before the historic knockout clash in the Heineken Champions Cup – a first for the westerners.
Connacht’s Head of Commercial & Marketing, Philip Patterson, said: “We have seen an incredible demand for tickets for these two huge games, so we are making every effort to ensure we can accommodate as many supporters as possible.
“These extended terraces will allow for an additional 4,000 fans across both fixtures. We should also recognise the significant milestone of requiring these additional terraces for the first time in the Covid-19 era.
“The passion and enthusiasm from our loyal supporters remains as strong as ever. We would strongly encourage all supporters who are planning to attend to book their tickets as soon as possible, if they haven’t already done so.”