Saracens fans expected to be in the minority phase of the Champions Cup semi-final against Munster in the Ricoh Arena
- Only 4,000 Saracens fans expected for Champions Cup clash against Munster
- Around 8,000 fans will travel to the Ricoh Arena for the semi-final of the Champions Cup
- Tickets for the game cost just £ 20 and can give rise to a late rise in demand
Saracens fans will be heavily ignored in a half-empty Ricoh Arena on Saturday, as another major European knockout game in England has turned out to be a tough sale.
The title judges of the Premiership see the mighty Munster in a semi-final draw of the Heineken Champions Cup in Coventry, but tournament organizers expect to have a crowd of just 15,000 in a 32,000 stadium.
Although the sultry weather can tempt extra fans to pop up the day, the Easter travel chaos is a disruptive factor, with no direct trains between London and Coventry due to technical work and highways that are generally busy during this busy weekend.
Saracens take fewer than 4,000 supporters for their Champions Cup clash against Munster
Despite the fact that Saracens has an advantage for the home country, it will feel like they are playing away from home, given the loud and colorful support for their opponents.
Approximately 8,000 Munster supporters are expected to be in the stands at the Ricoh Arena, and with a portion of the audience likely to be neutrals, the projected number of Saracens fans is only 3,500-4,000. However, ticket prices as low as £ 20 can still cause a late rise in demand.
Tickets are priced for just £ 20, but the Easter travel chaos has ensured that people are not present
On Sunday, the other semi-final of the Champions Cup between Leinster and Toulouse in Dublin is likely to attract 40,000 people. And the sales went well for the final weekend in Newcastle next month.
More than 40,000 tickets have been sold for the Champions Cup final, and the remainder has been reserved as official allocations for participating clubs.
Remarkably, this weekend's Challenge Cup semis must match or darken the match in Coventry in terms of the audience's appeal. La Rochelle expects a turnout of 15,000 for their clash with Sale, while Clermont Auvergne has sold out their Michelin fort from Stade Marcel to its 19,000 capacity for confronting Harlequins.