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Re: European Cup final 2019

Postby Lar » January 23rd, 2019, 4:48 pm

Agreed. With huge respect to Connacht it remains a challenge cup semi final - very unlikely to sell the Aviva out. They might not get a lot more than they would in the Sportsground anyway.
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Re: European Cup final 2019

Postby Schumi » January 23rd, 2019, 5:09 pm

brotheroffrank wrote:"The semi-final matches will be played at home venues, and the highest-ranked clubs from the pool stage will have home venue advantage in their respective semi-final matches"

Nothing about Stadium size....why would Connacht move their match to Dublin with logistical difficulties on ticket sales etc in a short time period...? Leinster have enough issues selling the Munster & Christmas games and have promotions, lead in time, etc;

If they don't have to move, they should keep it in the Sportsground. I thought there might be similar rules to the Champions Cup.
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Re: European Cup final 2019

Postby Lar » January 23rd, 2019, 8:59 pm

Of course, I may have been stupid. Do the semi finals get played at neutral venues in the highest seeds country?
If that's the case Thomond Park probably makes most sense should Connacht make it that far and are seeded.


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Re: European Cup final 2019

Postby blockhead » January 23rd, 2019, 10:25 pm

Lar wrote:Of course, I may have been stupid. Do the semi finals get played at neutral venues in the highest seeds country?
If that's the case Thomond Park probably makes most sense should Connacht make it that far and are seeded.
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Yeah TP would be the obvious one if they had to move anywhere. The IRFU would be the recipients of the stadium hiring fee anyways so it makes sense. It's about E300K to hire out the Aviva and I think the FAI would get a slice of that as co owners. So you'd want to be shifting a fair few seats to make it financially viable.
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Re: European Cup final 2019

Postby neill_m » January 23rd, 2019, 11:11 pm

Lar wrote:Of course, I may have been stupid. Do the semi finals get played at neutral venues in the highest seeds country?
If that's the case Thomond Park probably makes most sense should Connacht make it that far and are seeded.


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There is no requirement in the Challenge Cup for neutral venue semi finals, but of course clubs could move a game to another stadium by choice.
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Re: European Cup final 2019

Postby rooster » January 24th, 2019, 12:20 am

neill_m wrote:
Lar wrote:Of course, I may have been stupid. Do the semi finals get played at neutral venues in the highest seeds country?
If that's the case Thomond Park probably makes most sense should Connacht make it that far and are seeded.


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There is no requirement in the Challenge Cup for neutral venue semi finals, but of course clubs could move a game to another stadium by choice.
Semi final stage there is no financial incentive to move like the quarter finals as far as I remember.
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