Wasps enjoying bumper attendances

Wasps are celebrating the best season in the club’s history for attendances as it gears up for a mouth-watering M69 derby.

The club’s Aviva Premiership play-off semi-final at the Ricoh Arena, against Leicester Tigers on 20 May (kick-off 5.15pm), is on course to fill the Ricoh Arena.

Wasps’ recent home clash against Saracens saw the club surpass the 270,000 mark in this season’s attendance figures at the Ricoh Arena, which is expected to break 300,000 after the play-off semi-final with Tigers.

It comes after Dai Young’s men achieved an unbeaten home record in the regular Aviva Premiership season, finishing top of the Premiership table for the first time in the club’s history and drawing in average crowds of more than 18,000 fans.

Nick Eastwood, deputy chairman at Wasps, said: “To have over a quarter of a million people through the turnstiles already this campaign shows that this season has been one to remember for everybody connected with the club.

 “These attendance figures are the culmination of hard work from staff both on and off the pitch.

“The squad’s form this season has been brilliant, particularly at home, which we’re hoping we can carry through to the final at Twickenham to give the fans a great day out. Tigers of course will provide a massive challenge a week Saturday and will be doing everything to reach the Final themselves.

“Since we arrived in Coventry our community team has done a fantastic job at engaging with more than 65,000 people to attract the next generation of fans and their families to the Ricoh Arena, many of whom are now season ticket holders.

“All of this only adds to the excitement ahead of next season when the club celebrates its 150th anniversary!”

Scott Paul, Head of Ticketing at the Ricoh Arena, revealed that 14,000 tickets for the semi-final clash were sold within the first two days of general sale.

He added: “We have experienced phenomenal demand both instore and online for this clash, and are now nudging ever closer to the 30,000 mark.

“Leicester Tigers have also been given 6,000 tickets for the semi-final, so it should make for a great atmosphere on the day.

“We advise anyone still keen to attend the game to snap up their tickets online in advance, to avoid disappointment on match day.”

The club would also like to remind supporters to plan their journeys well and to arrive early at the Ricoh Arena next Saturday, when they can enjoy a wide range of activities in the Fan Village, including watching the first semi-final between Exeter Chiefs and Saracens live on the big screens.

We urge supporters to be in their seats by 5pm, 15 minutes before kick-off, to ensure that the teams’ preparations are not disrupted and there is no delay to the match.

Tickets for Wasps v Leicester Tigers start from £19 for adults while under-10s go free in certain categories.