7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
"The quarter-final games are always sell-out occasions and it is great to see clubs with home advantage looking to switch to bigger venues.
"Leinster have already sold more than 30,000 tickets for their game at Lansdowne Road against Leicester Tigers, Toulouse are anticipating a full house at Le Stadium for their clash with Northampton Saints and now there will be plenty of extra space for the rugby fans in Paris to come and cheer on their team against a Falcons side full of top talent like Jonny Wilkinson, Matt Burke, Jamie Noon, Mathew Tait, Stuart Grimes and Colin Charvis.
"We have a fantastic line-up of teams in the quarter-finals and every game offers a mouth watering prospect for the fans. ERC applauds this move by Max Guazzini and Stade Francais Paris and urges sports fans throughout France to back the move."
The quarter-final will be the second time Parc des Princes has hosted a Heineken Cup game. On 19 May, 2001, Stade Francais Paris were involved in one of the most dramatic club matches ever played when they met Leicester Tigers in the sixth Heineken Cup final in front of 44,000 fans.
Despite 30 points from the boot of Diego Dominguez, the home side went down 34-30 as Martin Johnson's Leicester side ran in three tries to take the title for the first time.
Heineken Cup Quarter-Finals
(All kick-offs local time)
Friday, 1 April
20.30 Toulouse v Northampton Saints (Le Stadium, Toulouse) Sport+ / Sky Sports
Saturday, 2 April
16. 00 Stade Francais Paris v Newcastle Falcons (Parc des Princes) FR2 / Sky Sports
17.15 Leinster v Leicester Tigers (Lansdowne Road) RTE / Sky Sports
Sunday, 3 April
16.00 Biarritz Olympique v Munster (TBA) Sport+ / Sky Sports / RTE
Heineken Cup Semi-Finals
To be played 22 / 23 / 24 April
SEMI-FINAL 1: Leinster or Leicester Tigers v Toulouse or Northampton Saints SEMI-FINAL 2: Stade Francais Paris or Newcastle Falcons v Biarritz Olympique or Munster
10th Heineken Cup Final
Sunday, 22 May
15.00 Murrayfield, Edinburgh