Tickets for the 2009 Heineken Cup final in Edinburgh are selling at record pace and have broken through the 10,000 barrier nearly four months before the start of the 2008 / 09 tournament.
In just over a month fans from across Europe have bought tickets for next year's Murrayfield showpiece at record speed, even outstripping advance sales for the Heineken Cup's record attendance in 2007 when 81,076 watched London Wasps beat Leicester Tigers 25-9 at Twickenham Stadium.
The 2009 Heineken Cup final will return to the Scottish capital on 23/24 May for the second time. The first occasion was in 2005, when more than 51,000 packed into Murrayfield to see Toulouse beat Stade Francais Paris 18-12 after extra-time
"We are delighted to have already sold more than 10,000 tickets for Edinburgh 2009. This level of sales some four months out from the start of the tournament clearly demonstrates that the Heineken Cup final is becoming more and more of a 'must-see' event for rugby fans across Europe," said ERC chairman Jean-Pierre Lux..
"The all-French final in Edinburgh in 2005 was a nail-biting affair that still lingers in the memory, just as the electric atmosphere at the 13th final last month, when Munster beat Toulouse in front of a packed Millennium Stadium, will do for those lucky enough to be at the Millennium Stadium."
The 14th Heineken Cup final next year at the 67,778 capacity Murrayfield Stadium will see attendances at the finals break through the 750,000 barrier
Edinburgh 2009 Heineken Cup final tickets went on general sale on Wednesday, 21 May 2008.
Tournament organisers ERC retain 15,000 tickets to be divided between the two finalists clubs following the Heineken Cup semi-finals.
Edinburgh 2009 tickets are available through www.ticketmaster.co.uk (tel: 0844 847 1530 or 00442086165111) and from Scottish Rugby via www.scottishrugby.org and tel: 0131 346 5100 or in person from Scottish Rugby's Ticket Centre at Murrayfield.
Tickets are priced at £25, £40 and £60.with concessions tickets at £12.50, £20 and £30 available for under 18s and are subject to booking fees.