The Springboks might be running out at the new Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon and not be welcomed by a capacity crowd, following a statement by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) that they had made a huge mistake with their ticketing strategy.
Initially, tickets for all four games at the new stadium were sold as a package deal, giving the supporters no choice but to attend all the games. This package was sold for an astonishing €340. Following a fair amount of criticism, the tickets were split into packages of two games.
The new stadium has a 50 000 capacity and it is expected that quite a few seats will be empty, this just one year after 75 000 supporters watched Ireland beat the Springboks at Croke Park.
The average price per ticket is still €85, almost double the ticket prices for Scotland supporters to attend their home match against the All Blacks, who have to fork out €45 at most to attend that game. Converted, to attend the Irish game you will end up paying around R900, that’s double we have to pay in South Africa to attend a match.Tweet