Rugby news from the Home of the Kings:
Kick-Off to the Guinness PRO14 Final at Celtic Park is just 100 Days Away:
History will made once again when the Guinness PRO14 Final kicks off at Celtic Park in 100 Days as the Championship’s showpiece game takes place outside of a traditional rugby venue for the very first time.
It will also mark the first occasion in modern history where the oval ball takes centre stage at the home of Celtic FC which is one of the most iconic venues in the world of sport. Rugby supporters from right across the Guinness PRO14 have responded in great numbers by purchasing their tickets well in advance and a number of categories are selling fast.
Tickets to suit all experiences are available at http://bitly.com/Glasgow2019 while full information on the event and opportunities to access the Safe Standing Area and Youth Groups and Schools Tickets can be found at https://www.pro14rugby.org/final/
Options are also available for those seeking out Hospitality experiences to make it an occasion that will last long in the memory: http://bit.ly/PRO14Hospitality
Competition to reach the Guinness PRO14 Final has never been greater with 11 teams all in with a chance of making it to the decider on May 25. In both Conference A and Conference B groups of four teams are separated by just two points and with seven rounds left to play the battle to reach the Guinness PRO14 Final Series will provide plenty of must-see drama.
The Guinness PRO14 Final itself has established a legacy for drama, top-class rugby and a knack for creating history. Since moving to neutral ‘Destination’ venues in 2015 – starting with Belfast’s Kingspan Stadium – the Guinness PRO14 Final has seen four different champions crowned in as many years while Glasgow Warriors and Connacht Rugby were also first-time title winners.
In each year the attendance has either provided a sell-out or set a new record with last year’s game at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium raising that figure to 46,092. The fixture itself set a number of records on the field with Leinster Rugby and Scarlets combining for the highest total of points (72) and the highest number of tries (9) ever scored in the Championship decider.
Leinster also set themselves apart from the rest of the pack winning their fifth title to step clear of Ospreys who have claimed the trophy four times.
The Guinness PRO14 Final is an event for all of the family and fans of every team from the Championship as the event that showcases the sport and the tournament itself.
Celtic Park boasts a dedicated Family Stand with entertainment for kids including X-Boxes and play areas, it is perfect for families looking to take in the big match together. Special family pricing and offers will are also available including “Kid for a Quid”, where Under 12s tickets are just £1 with a full price adult ticket however these offers are limited.
Key Information about Celtic Park:
- Home of Celtic Football Club, Celtic Park is Scotland’s biggest football stadium with a capacity of 60,832.
- The highest attendance at a match within the stadium was against Rangers in 1938 with an attendance of 92,000.
- Fondly known as Paradise to fans, Celtic Park boasts over 50,000 season tickets holders as well as millions of fans worldwide.
- Proud host venue of Glasgow 2018, Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, Celtic Park is a premier destination for visitors and events.
- In 2016 Celtic Park were first in the UK to introduce rail seating section in the stadium.
Key Information about the Guinness PRO14 Final
Destination Final Attendances
2018: Aviva Stadium, Dublin – 46,092 (record)
2017: Aviva Stadium, Dublin – 45,556 (record)
2016: BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh – 34,500 (record)
2015: Kingspan Stadium, Belfast – 17,500 (sell out)
2014: RDS Arena, Dublin (Leinster) – 19,200 (sell out)
2013: RDS Arena, Dublin (Ulster) – 19,200 (sell out)
2012: RDS Arena, Dublin (Leinster) – 18,500 (sell out)
2011: Thomond Park, Limerick (Munster) – 26,100 (sell out)
2010: RDS Arena, Dublin (Leinster) – 19,500 (sell out)
2018 Final at glance:
New record of total points scored: 72
New record of total tries scored: 9
Johnny McNicholl (Scarlets) – First player to score a hat-trick in a Final
Sean Cronin (Leinster) – First player to score in three Finals
Jordan Larmour (Leinster) – Youngest ever try scorer at 20 years 350 days