The impact of elite sport most likely taking place only with restricted audiences has forced Leinster Rugby to cancel the concept of Season Tickets for the 2020/21 season and switch instead to a Priority Membership model.
This will give those who have registered the first option on buying tickets that do become available. In the first instance Membership will be offered only to those who are existing season ticket holders.
Leinster has 12,800 Season Ticket holders and it is deemed to be highly unlikely that they could all be accommodated in a reduced capacity RDS next season.
The sale of season tickets had been scheduled to kick off in March but the new option of membership will now open for applications on Monday, June 8th.
“The consequences of the pandemic and implications for Leinster Rugby and our loyal supporters are significant,” said Leinster CEO Mick Dawson.
“Our public health obligations to all of our stakeholders are key as we seek to plot the return of Leinster Rugby.”
“Cancelling our Season Ticket offering is an unprecedented step, and one that will have a significant financial impact on our organisation but we feel it is the right decision to make.”
“It has been a very difficult time for everyone and nobody knows what the future will look like but as a business, we have to make decisions now based on the best information available to us.”
“The priority now is to finish the 2019/20 season, look after those that have tickets outstanding and then hopefully start the 2020/21 season.”
Credit for the remaining three games of the 2019/20 season will be applied to season ticket accounts in the coming weeks, while refunds for match day tickets for the Saracens, Munster Rugby, Zebre or Cardiff Blues games will be processed automatically through Ticketmaster or at the point of purchase.
“Our supporters have been a crucial part of our success over the years and it is also vital that when we all come back from this, and we will come back, that we have a vibrant supporter base to welcome to the RDS Arena,” added Dawson.
“We feel that by securing their right to purchase their seat for 2021/22, our supporters will take some comfort from the steps we have taken.”
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