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Over half tickets for 2013 Heineken Cup final in Dublin already sold

Leinster say they’re not satisfied with three in four. Could they make it four out of five in Dublin?

Who will be warming up hereB next year?
Who will be warming up hereB next year?
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LEINSTER FANS, BUOYED by the hopes of seeing their team take the European club rugby title for the fourth time in five years, have snapped up tickets for the 2013 Heineken Cup final.

Next year’s competition finale will be held in the Aviva Stadium on 18 May, so if the Blues make it through they will be on home-turf of sorts.

But they’re not the only team vying for a place on the Dublin pitch in 12 months as allocations across Europe have sold out.

Since tickets became available last Monday, 28,000 have been sold, according to ERC. That means the full allocation to Ticketmaster, Ticketline, France Billet and Ticketnet are now gone.

A further 12,300 tickets will be kept aside for distribution by the two finalists, when they are known. The Aviva Stadium can hold 51,000 people and 44,800 tickets will be sold to rugby fans with 6,200 going to ERC stakeholders.

The “phenomenal interest” has seen fans take up the 5,000 Golden Ticket pre-sale offer, as well as the IRFU’s 4,000-strong host allocation.

The Golden Ticket pre-sale was open to any supporter who had previously bought Heinekin Cup final tickets in advance. It guarantees admission to both the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals. Altogether, 6,700 tickets have been sold for the Amlin Challenge Cup final which will be held on 17 May at the RDS.

Other hospitality packages will become available in the coming weeks.

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