On Wednesday 19th August, Quins officially launched The Big Game 2 at the unusual location of Hampstead Cricket Club in NW6, the site of Quins' original ground, where they played back in 1866.
With last year's Big Game selling out well in advance, any critics that may have questioned the demand for a Christmas rugby event in the London area were silenced by the applause of 50,000 fans, who were entertained by a thrilling game between Quins and the current Guinness Premiership champions, Leicester Tigers at the Twickenham Stadium.
On the 27th December 2009 Quins will be doing it once again but this time it will be against Wasps and the number of people could well exceed last year's record. With increased ticket availability, Quins are aiming for another record breaking crowd, surpassing the 50,000 that attended last year.
Unofficially launched in the last month, 3,000 tickets have already been sold to date. The pricing will stay exactly the same as last year. The majority of the stadium seats are priced at £10. Under16's will once again be £5. Season ticket holders will have the game included in their package and details are included in their season ticket pack, which has recently been sent out. Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.co.uk) will once again be used for general sales, along with the club's Big Game website (www.thebiggame.co.uk).
During week commencing 22nd April Harlequins will launch an innovative, new Membership Scheme which will replace the existing Season Ticket Holder Programme. Further details of the scheme will be announced in due course.