Leinster target full house at Aviva
CHIEFexecutive Mick Dawson would be disappointed if Leinster could not capture an attendance "north of 45,000" for their Heineken Cup quarter-final against Cardiff Blues on Saturday, April 7.
"We are very pleased to be playing on the Saturday and the 5.45pm slot will be very satisfactory from a ticket sales perspective. People will want to go at that time," he said.
The reigning champions, and favourites to become the second club to go back-to-back in the competition, made it clear to the European Rugby Cup Limited and the vested television interests that a later slot would help to fill the Aviva Stadium.
"We made our feelings known that that was the best time for us to fill a 50,000-seater stadium. We didn't exactly canvas for it. But, we did let them know our view," said Dawson.
"We have asked in the past and haven't been given what we wanted. I don't know whether we won this one or whether it was what they wanted.
"The television companies sort it out between (themselves). I presume they want to see big stadia filled and maybe we will be able to do that because the Heineken Cup quarter-final has a resonance of its own."
The All-Ireland clash between Munster and Ulster has been given the early start time of 1.45pm on Sunday, April 8, at Thomond Park.
Edinburgh will host Toulouse in the first quarter at Murrayfield on Saturday at 3pm, while Saracens and Clermont Auvergne will go at it at Vicarage Road (4.30pm) on Sunday in the last game to bring the curtain down on the quarter-finals.
HEINEKEN CUP QUARTER-FINALS
Saturday, April 7
Edinburgh v Toulouse, Murrayfield (3.0, live on Sky Sports/FR2/Canal+)
Leinster v Cardiff Blues, Aviva Stadium (5.45, live on Sky Sports/Sport+).
Sunday, April 8
Munster v Ulster, Thomond Park (1.45, live on Sky Sports/Sport+)
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne, Vicarage Road (4.30 live on Sky Sports/FR2)