Saints and Bath receive small ticket boost as ERC increase Cardiff Arms Park capacity by 400

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Saints and Bath are set to receive a small ticket boost for the Amlin Challenge Cup final after the ERC announced it would be increasing the capacity of Cardiff Arms Park by up to 400 seats.

The two finalists were initially allocated close to 1,000 tickets, with Saints selling all of theirs inside the first 24 hours of opening them up to season ticket holders who attended the semi-final.

A petition has since been set up online, with more than 1,000 people signing up to show their discontent about the meagre allocation.

On Wednesday, Cardiff Blues chief executive Richard Holland stated he was open to the idea of adding an extra stand to the 12,125 capacity Cardiff Arms Park to accommodate more fans.

And it now appears the ERC has taken the decision to so, with an article on their website stating more tickets would be made available.

The statement read: “ERC is in contact with Bath Rugby and Northampton Saints, and is aware of the demand for tickets from supporters of both clubs for the match on Friday, May 23.

“We had created the facility to increase capacity to over 12,500 based on demand and we are now putting up to 400 additional seats into the Arms Park which will be made available to fans of the participating clubs.

“Details will be communicated to Bath Rugby and to Northampton Saints shortly.”

However, that is unlikely to quell the frustration felt by fans who are missing out on the occasion, for which the ERC has been selling tickets since September.

Some supporters have taken to ticketing websites in a bid to secure their place at the final, with prices much higher than face value.