Only 3 700 tickets left for Boks-Wales Test as Loftus cranks into gear for near sell-out

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Fans at Loftus Versfeld. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)
Fans at Loftus Versfeld. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

The Bulls have made significant progress on selling their remaining tickets for Saturday's first Test between the Springboks and Wales at Loftus Versfeld.

By dawn on Monday, only 4 000 were still available, a number whittled down to just 3 700 at 10:00.

There had been a bit of scurrying last week following the announcement from government that the Covid-enforced gathering ban would be abolished after the union had suspended its sales once it reached the 50% mark a few weeks ago, in line with then government regulations.

But Edgar Rathbone, Bulls CEO, did point out that a waiting list had been compiled for interested parties in anticipation of the relaxation.

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And, by all accounts, the stadium will be buzzing with a guaranteed crowd of almost 48 000 out of 52 000.

Counting heavily in the Bulls' favour in terms of producing a solid match-day experience is the fact that they hosted two particularly telling fixtures in the United Rugby Championship, a league match against Ulster and then the quarter-final against the Sharks.

"It's an excellent reference point. We're definitely applying the lessons we learnt on those occasions," Rathbone told Sport24 last week.

"The cobwebs have been shaken off on all fronts. We have an idea now of what the post-pandemic consumer wants, and the fans themselves now know what to expect from the match-day experience."

Loftus was, incidentally, the last local venue to host a Springbok Test with fans, the 2019 friendly against Argentina shortly before that year's World Cup.

On that occasion, just over 29 000 supporters attended.

Three years later, things are set to be distinctly noisier.  

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