Amlin Challenge Cup final to be played at the Twickenham Stoop
7 December 2011 09:15am
This season's Amlin Challenge Cup final will be played at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday, 18 May 2012 (8.00pm) tournament organisers, ERC, have announced.
The Amlin Challenge Cup's showpiece game will kick off a unique weekend festival of European club rugby in the English capital which culminates the following day (Saturday, 19 May 2012) with the Heineken Cup final at nearby Twickenham Stadium.
"Supporters of the club game in Europe will have the opportunity to experience two compelling rugby occasions in the same area of London in the space of 24 hours," said ERC chief executive, Derek McGrath.
"Following on from the success of last season when both finals were staged in Cardiff, this will be another celebration of European club rugby with four elite teams including numerous world-class players battling for silverware in two Twickenham stadiums which are less than a mile apart."
The Amlin Challenge Cup has seen significant growth in recent years with the support of title sponsors, Amlin, the introduction of Thursday evening games, and a wider broadcast platform. The qualification of three Heineken Cup clubs for the quarter-final stages has also boosted the tournament's profile, and Harlequins' last-gasp triumph over Stade Francais in the 2011 final booked the current English Premiership leaders a place in this season's Heineken Cup.
This will be the fourth time that the Twickenham Stoop has hosted the Amlin Challenge Cup final, with Gloucester Rugby in 2006, ASM Clermont Auvergne a year later, and Northampton Saints in 2009 lifting the trophy at the atmospheric west London venue.
Tickets go on sale for the 2012 Amlin Challenge Cup final today at £25, £35, £45, and £80 for a group of four people. For supporters who have already bought Heineken Cup final tickets, a £10 discount is available on best category £35 and £45 Amlin Challenge Cup final tickets. This offer is for a limited time only.
To buy tickets and for more information, visit www.ercrugby.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk HEINEKEN CUP FINAL Twickenham Stadium - Saturday, 19 May 2012 (5.00pm) AMLIN CHALLENGE CUP FINAL Twickenham Stoop - Friday, 18 May 2012 (8.00pm)
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