Christmas Cracker clash breaks Wasps gate-receipts record

Date: 19 Dec 2018


Wasps’ Christmas Cracker clash with Bath Rugby this Sunday has smashed the record for the highest gate receipts that the Club have taken for a match in their history.

With more than 30,000 tickets having already been sold for the game, including over 5,000 juniors (under 16s), Sunday is set to be a fantastic day for the whole family in Coventry as Wasps prepare for an all-important Gallagher Premiership match (kick-off 3pm) before a spectacular fireworks display after the final whistle.

The clash is set to be the most well-attended Wasps Christmas game since moving to Ricoh Arena in 2014, as 28,254 watched the Black and Golds win 48-16 against London Irish that year.

This Sunday’s extravaganza could even well surpass the record attendance of 32,019, which was set in the Club’s clash with Leicester Tigers on Saturday 9 May 2015.

And with four days still left to go, Wasps Chief Executive Nick Eastwood is hoping for a sellout and is urging the people of Coventry and Warwickshire to help the Club break the attendance record at Ricoh Arena.

“Our Christmas Cracker matches have been so special in the past that a lot of people see it as the event not to miss at Christmas,” he said.

“While it’s a massive rugby game and a huge sporting occasion, there’s so much more to the day which is seeing people of all ages signing up to be part of what promises to be a memorable day for the whole family. Over 30 per cent of those buying tickets are new buyers.

“It’s been a tremendous effort by all involved at the Ricoh to be able to drive so much interest and engagement in the Christmas Cracker and it’s fast becoming one of the biggest events in the Coventry & Warwickshire calendar.

“We’d like to thank the continued, fantastic support of the people of Coventry and Warwickshire and hopefully more from around the community will sign up in the next few days to be part of what could hopefully be a record attendance.”

There is limited availability on tickets so the Club are urging fans to book theirs as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

The Wasps Nest Fan Village, situated inside Ricoh Arena’s Ericsson Indoor Arena, is open from 12pm until 2.30pm on Sunday, where there will be free mulled wine and mince pies for early arrivals (limited availability).

The Wasps Nest Fan Village will also feature a fun fair, reindeer, giant inflatable snow globe, carol singers, and house band Wired.

Wasps head into the match looking to strengthen their grip on a top-four place in a tightly-contested Premiership table, where just nine points separate nine teams.

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