Organisers expect full house for Lions versus Barbarians match
Half of Hong Kong Stadium has already been sold as the "hottest tickets in town" go on sale tomorrow for the historic overseas encounter between the British and Irish Lions and the Barbarians on June 1.
A total of 20,000 tickets, including at least half the South Stand, have been pre-sold and allocated to members of local rugby clubs, travelling fans, sponsors and other stakeholders.
This leaves organisers with the hardest part of the sell - persuading the public to snap up tickets. But officials from the Lions and the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union are convinced the full-house sign would go up before match day.
"No question, the Hong Kong Stadium will be sold out," said Lions commercial director Charlie McEwen. "These are the hottest tickets in town and we expect the Hong Kong public to support the event. There will also be a very large number of travelling fans."
HKRFU chairman Trevor Gregory added: "We are hopeful of having a full house as we did for the first Bledisloe Cup game. That was a unique game and this one is even more unique. I have no doubt it will capture the imagination of supporters in Hong Kong, Asia and the rest of the world."
More than 10,000 tickets will go on sale to the public tomorrow on Hong Kong Ticketing. Tickets are priced HK$1,290 (gold), HK$1,000 (silver) and HK$750 (bronze). All tickets are reserved seating bar the 6,000 in the South Stand.
"If all the 10,000 tickets allocated for the public are sold, we will provide more tickets if available," Gregory said.
The June 1 showdown between the two storied teams is the first major rugby international in Hong Kong since the second Bledisloe Cup encounter between the All Blacks and the Wallabies in 2010. The HKRFU lost millions of dollars owing to poor ticket sales with 26,210 fans turning up.