Thorburn excited with ticket sales

Fijian Drua fullback Kitione Taliga, left, pulls on winger Onisi Ratave during the team’s training session at the International School grounds in Nadi yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Fijian Drua chief executive officer  Brian  Thorburn is smiling from ear to ear after the excellent response from the thousands of rugby fans in the country who have bought tickets for the Drua’s home game against the  Chiefs on Saturday at Churchill Park in Lautoka.

Thorburn said he was delirious to note the massive support from members of the public that had purchased tickets for the game.

“I think we have over 50 percent of the stadium tickets sold or allocated as we speak,” he said.

“In numerical terms, I am pleased to confirm that tickets in excess of  5000 have already been purchased.

“We expect that to be ‘sucked’ up pretty quickly so we encourage everyone to not miss out on the historic occasion.

“We’re confident that the support will grow  tremendously over the next few days as we near match day.

“The tickets are sold at Lautoka City Council’s office, Jack’s of  Fiji and Shop N Save out-  lets, which is the way to get tickets.”

He added the ticket prices were tagged reasonably for the Drua’s home match with $145  for the platinum tickets at the main concrete  grandstand, the gold tickets for the other pavilions were priced at $95 and an affordable $30  for the bronze tickets for patrons intending  to watch the expected thriller from the grass  embankment including $20 for fans watching  from the back of  TappooCity on the north-  western end of  the park; children under-12  would pay $15 and $10 respectively for the  grass embankments.

“It will be a wonderful spectacle on match day.

“We’re very excited with the game against  the Chiefs on Saturday.”

Meanwhile, in a curtain raiser to the main  match, hosts Lautoka Maroons will battle islanders Yasawa Marlins in a Vodafone Vanua Championship match for the senior men’s category.

The Drua finish their regular season of  a remodeled Super Rugby Pacific competition  against the Chiefs at 3pm.

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