Feb. 4th, 2009

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It looks like Cheryl may get her wish for pictures of Brian O'Driscoll - assuming he is fit to play on the 12th April.

Harlequins have decided to host the Heineken European Cup quarter-final against Leinster at the Twickenham Stoop, rather than moving the game over the road to the Twickenham Stadium.

This is an interesting decision:

Limited capacity: 9,000 Quins fans and 3000 Leinster fans - Twickenham would hold at least 30k (which was what Wasps got for their group game against Leinster last month)

No tickets will be on general sale - at all.

Quins share the gate money 50% / 50% - The European Rugby Cup's incentive scheme to get Quarter Finals moved to bigger venues would have given Quins 65% of the gate.

Ticket prices are a fair bit more than usual - and of course as a knockout stage game were not in the season ticket - approximately £10 - 15 per ticket dearer when compared to list price of single tickets, depending upon category of seat.

However this still means lost revenue when compared to selling lots of cheaper tickets at Twickenham.

This decision gives us home advantage - something that the players, by all accounts, and most of the fans are really happy about.

The home and away wins against Stade Francais got us the home draw - i am happy that we considered it valuable enough to turn down the opportunity of extra cash.


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