Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Rapids Fans Advised To Buy Remaining Tickets As Lightning Clash Heading For Sell-Out

Rapids Fans Advised To Buy Remaining Tickets As Lightning Clash Heading For Sell-Out

Worcestershire Rapids final NatWest T20 Blast group game against Lancashire Lightning at New Road on Friday evening is heading towards another sell-out after Daryl Mitchell's side secured a first ever home quarter-final for the club.

Commercial director Jon Graham urged supporters to snap up the remaining tickets as soon as possible to avoid the disappointment of missing out on seeing the Rapids attempt to finish top of the North Group.

The Rapids are already guaranteed a top two spot after leaders Birmingham Bears defeated Northamptonshire Steelbacks at Edgbaston  tonight.

But victory over the Lightning – and a Bears slip-up versus Yorkshire Vikings, – could see the Rapids finish in pole position in the nine team table.

It is a massive achievement to secure the home quarter-final clash after four previous last-eight matches away from home in 2004, 2007, 2012 and 2014.

Graham said: "We are already pretty close to be selling out for the Lancashire game. I would be very surprised if we are not sold out by mid-day on Friday.

"If you want to get your tickets, it is advisable to do so sooner rather than later. We are expecting the same sort of crowd we had against Birmingham which was a sell-out.

"We had a lot of disappointed people which was unfortunate but in a way it shows how far we have come. We don't want to disappoint the people who missed out against Birmingham so either get on-line or get on the phone and get your ticket sorted."

As regards the quarter-final, Graham said: "It is one of those where we know there is going to be a high demand for tickets for the home quarter-final and we feel it is important that not just the members, but other people who have come to support us get an element of priority."

Graham admits the home quarter-final will be of major significance to the club.

He said: "We've been to a few quarter-finals before and been a long way from home like Yorkshire or Surrey. Just having that home quarter-final is massive for the players.

"The away form has been very good but a sell-out home crowd at New Road will be superb. Regardless of how good we've been away from home, this gives us a unique opportunity to sell out New Road and create that a 12th man seige mentality to help us in our bid to get to finals day.

"On a financial footing,we are very prudent when it comes to forecasts each year.

"Any extended run we have in the knockout competition, all the income we generate from ticket sales, hospitality, food and drink and everything else on the night, that is going to be above what we forecasted.

"It will hopefully turn what has been a very good year into a fantastic year so financially it is excellent news."