Leinster Rugby's Champions Cup quarter-final with Wasps is heading towards a potential sell-out at the Aviva Stadium with ticket sales having rocketed through the 35,000 mark for the battle of two former champions on Saturday, 1 April.
By the end of day one of the public sale, more than 25,000 tickets had been sold and this strong trend has continued this week with another 10,000 sales. Leinster and Wasps were the top two try scorers in the pool stages and have won the European Cup five times between them.
Wasps beat Leinster twice last season on their way to the Champions Cup semi-finals, won their European pool and currently top the Premiership by five points. The Irish province are third in the PRO12 and topped Pool 4 in qualifying for a home quarter-final.
One of Wasps' most famous victories in the European Cup came at the old Lansdowne Road in Dublin when they beat Munster 37-32 on their way to winning the title for the first time. The gate on that occasion was 49,000.
Wasps have just introduced Springbok star Willie le Roux into their back line squad and also boast three former Leinster players in Jimmy Gopperth, Marty Moore and Brendan Macken. They beat Leinster 35-13 in the only other knock-out clash between the two teams in the European Cup back in 2007.
The meeting at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, 1 April (kick-off 3.15pm) is Leinster's first Champions Cup home quarter-final since they hosted Bath Rugby in 2015. They won that game 18-15 in front of a crowd of 43,958 and they beat Northampton Saints 60-13 at the Aviva Stadium in Round 4 this season when the gate was 38,584.
Earning a home quarter-final was a major goal for Leinster this season and left head coach Leo Cullen delighted with his side's achievement.
"Qualifying for a home quarter-final in the Champions Cup is something that this club always strives for. Securing a home quarter-final is also a massive reward for our supporters who have been magnificent, both home and away over the six rounds," he said.
"I am delighted for them that they have another European game at home to get behind the team. We have needed them at every stage so far and will need them again on the first weekend in April. These Champions Cup quarter-final games often come down to the smallest of margins on the day.
"Reaching the last eight is fantastic but it is just another step towards the club's goal of replicating Toulouse's achievement of winning four European titles. It's a challenge that we are all looking forward to hugely."
Tickets for the Champions Cup last-eight match are available to purchase from Ticketmaster, with prices starting from €25 for adults and €10 for Under 18s.
Leinster Season Ticket holders were the first to get their hands on tickets for the big match with an exclusive pre-sale which began three weeks ago.