Ground yet to sell-out for Crusaders semifinal

Last updated 05:00 26/07/2014
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LOYAL SUPPORT: The Crusaders had been expecting a full-house at AMI Stadium for tomorrow's Super Rugby semifinal.

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Several thousand tickets for tonight's Super Rugby semifinal remain unsold.

A Crusaders spokesperson last night confirmed around 15,000 tickets for the 17,300-capacity AMI Stadium had been purchased.

Despite an early rush, which resulted in around 10,000 tickets being sold last week, demand had tapered off and unless there is a late rush the ground may not be filled.

The franchise hoped the novelty of staging the first semi in Christchurch since 2008, when the Crusaders hosted the Hurricanes at Lancaster Park, would result in a guaranteed sellout.

If the Crusaders beat the Sharks there is no guarantee they will host the final next Saturday night. If minor premiers, the Waratahs, beat the Brumbies in their semi in Sydney tonight the final will be staged at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Around 15,000 fans attended the regular season match between the Crusaders and Sharks at AMI Stadium on May 17.

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