Anything you can do, we can do better! This is the message, loud and clear, from Lions fans to their Southern Kings rivals.
The Kings have been praised for their good crowd attendances at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, but the Lions will well and truly upstage them.
This website can reveal that Ellis Park will – on Saturday when the Lions host the Kings in their second-leg promotion-relegation match – set a new Super Rugby attendance record.
The 60,000-seater Ellis Park will put up the ‘house full’ signs well ahead of Saturday’s 17.00 (15.00 GMT) kick-off.
All external ticket outlets were sold out by Tuesday and when the stadium offices opened Wednesday morning there were a mere 500 tickets available.
To put this into perspective, the Super Rugby Final between the Chiefs and Brumbies (also a sell-out) will be played in front of 25,000 spectators in Hamilton earlier on Saturday. The last ticket for that match was sold on Wednesday.
The current all-time record for a Super Rugby match is held, jointly, by the Bulls and Sharks – who sold out their 52,000-seater stadiums (Loftus Versfeld and Kings Park) for the 2009 and 2007 Super Rugby finals respectively.
The Bulls also sold out the Orlando Stadium (50,000) for the 2010 Final, while the Stormers can boast a few sell-out crowds at Newlands (capacity 48,000).
Obviously South Africa’s stadium capacity is
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