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On the back of Sunday's record breaking win, London Broncos have been inundated with advance ticket sales for the clash against Wigan at Griffin Park on Saturday 12th March.
According to CEO Nic Cartwright it's likely to be one of the biggest gates of the season:
"There's every reason to expect a healthy crowd and early pre-sales are always a good indicator."
People are really starting to take notice of how much talent rests within this squad, and when they turn it on, it's well worth the price of admission. Just ask those who came to our game against Wakefield."
While the Broncos record breaking win over Wakefield has certainly fuelled interest and ticket sales in the South, there are a number of other factors adding to the hype.
The return of Dennis Moran, to the club where he was once Super League's leading try scorer for two years running, will doubtless have plenty of tongues wagging.
He is likely to go face to face with Sunday's man of the match, Thomas Leuluai, and Moran won't just have the current Kiwi international scrum half to contend with.
If Leuluai isn't directing the show, you can be sure Mark McLinden or Luke Dorn won't be too far from the action.
When these two sides met last year in the capital they provided two epic showdowns, split one apiece.
In August 2004 the Broncos came up with one of the best wins of the season, outclassing Wigan 22-20. Jon Wells, Mark O'Halloran, Steve Trindall and Dennis Moran crossed for tries.
Six weeks later it was another tight affair, this time Wigan collected the points (22-26) with Greenwood, Luisi, Roy and Trindall the Broncos try scorers.
Steve 'the Bull' Trindall may only have crossed for two tries last season, which is not too bad for a prop forward, but both were scored at Griffin Park against Wigan. What price three on the trot for Bull?
Another significant reason for the strong pre-sales, according to Marketing Assistant Stacy Roth, is the potential savings:
This season, for the first time in many years, we have slightly increased our per match ticket prices, whilst in effect we have increased the pre-sale savings to our customers."
If an adult wants one of the best seats in the house in the Braemar Stand, they would pay ?18 if they bought their ticket on the day. If they chose to book in advance, like for instance what we?ve experienced this week, they pay just ?15.?
So particularly when there is a group of people coming, at a ?3 saving per ticket, the benefits soon stack up."
Standard Tickets in advance cost just ?12 for adults or ?15 if bought on the day.
London are next at home against Wigan Warriors at 6pm on Saturday 12th March.
Broncos home game Standard adult tickets in advance are ?12 each (?15 on the day) and premium adult tickets are ?15 in advance (?18 on the day).
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