Wilson welcomes Scotstoun expansion plan for PRO14 semi-final

Warriors hope for permission to increase capacity to 10,000

Scotstoun expansion
Scotstoun is expected to be even more packed than usual for Glasgow's forthcoming PRO14 semi-final. Image: ©INPHO/Craig Watson

GLASGOW captain Ryan Wilson believes that playing the PRO14 semi-final in front of a crowd of 10,000 at Scotstoun will be a “massive bonus” for his team.

The Warriors hope to be able to confirm plans for the semi shortly, with a temporary increase of around 33 per cent from the current capacity of 7,351 expected to get the go-ahead. The East and West stands will be taller and longer than normal for the match against as yet unnamed opponents, with Friday 18 May the preferred date for the game. Season tickets are not valid for the play-offs, but holders will be among the first groups to be offered the chance to buy.

“We hope to announce arrangements for the semi-final this week,” a Warriors spokesperson said. “Season-ticket holders, sponsors and partners will be given priority access for the match.”

A decision on the date of the game rests with PRO14, but Glasgow have already been told they will not have to wait to learn the identity of their opponents, making Friday night the likely choice. Previous semi-finals have seen a similar increase in capacity.

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Wilson, speaking on Monday after signing a new two-year contract with Glasgow, promised supporters they would see the same adventurous brand of rugby from the team that has kept them at the top of Conference A all season. “That’s a massive bonus to us to get up to 10,000 people,” he said.  “We want to play the same kind of rugby.

“I know sometimes we get criticised for how much we throw the ball about, but that’s what’s won us our games at home, so we’ll be looking to stick to the same brand of rugby and I’ll just be telling those young boys to go out and enjoy it, because there’s no point in going out and stressing about it. You’ve got to make sure you enjoy it. You see players like Finn Russell: when he’s enjoying his rugby he’s one of the best in the world.”

The present seating arrangements at Scotstoun are still officially temporary, and the Warriors have insisted that an increase for this game, if agreed, should be seen as a one-off. With the ground full for every home game, however, it is clear that they would welcome a more long-term expansion in capacity provided they got the approval of local residents and other interested parties.

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