Quins expecting bumper crowd for clash with the Pirates
1 November 2005 08:52am
NEC Harlequins are on course for a record crowd for a National Division One league fixture when they entertain the Cornish Pirates at the Twickenham Stoop on <strong>Sunday 20th November 2005, kick-off 3.00pm</strong>. Pre-sales suggest that Quins will break the 10,349 attendance record set by Bristol when they played the Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium earlier this year (27th March 2005).
Quins are advising supporters who require tickets for this fixture to book in advance to avoid disappointment, as there is a good chance the Stoop could be sold out for this match. Tickets for this game can be purchased by calling Quins ticket department on 020 8410 6000 or online by clicking here. With the introduction of the new Lexus stand this season, the Stoop's capacity now stands at 12,700.
Quins have already enjoyed excellent attendance figures at their three home games in National Division One so far, with over 9,000 in the ground for the 70-5 victory over Exeter Chiefs last month (22nd October).
The Stoop is set to welcome a large contingent of Pirates fans for this match, with the Penzance based club having already sold their allocation of 500 tickets and the Quins office taking a lot of ticket bookings from Cornwall addresses for this fixture.
With Quins enjoying a 100% winning start to their league campaign and Pirates having lost just one of their eight matches to date, then the outcome of this opening meeting between the two sides could have a significant bearing on the final standings in the league table.
"To set the record attendance figure in National Division One would be a tremendous achievement," said Tony Copsey, NEC Harlequins Managing Director. "However, it would not be overly surprising given the fantastic support we have received from our fan base so far this season, both in terms of season ticket sales and matchday attendances at the Stoop."
"Whilst we are looking forward to welcoming a large number of Pirate supporters, I'm confident that they will be significantly outnumbered by those supporting the famous multi-coloured shirt for what should be a terrific contest between the two sides."
Harlequins fan Ed Atkin won the Etihad Airways 'Up and Under' competition at the Northampton Saints game. As a result, he and a friend have won a holiday to Abu Dhabi courtesy of Etihad Airways and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.