Ospreys bosses have today confirmed that the Early Bird deadline has been extended until July 31st, as they look to maximise the number of season-ticket holders at the Liberty Stadium next season.
The announcement comes as management at the region express their pleasure at the current level of sales, which are slightly up on the same stage last year despite concerns about the credit crunch and the effects that it may have on sales.
Over 140 fans have also taken advantage of the new Introduce-A-Friend Scheme, which allows existing season tickets to benefit from sizeable discounts when a friend purchases a first time season ticket, with a number of people receiving the full 100 per discount for introducing three people.
The Early Bird Deadline was due to pass this weekend, but thanks to the extension, supporters now have an additional two weeks to take advantage of the cut price offers that allow them to watch the Ospreys during 2009/10 for as little as £10 per match.
Ospreys Managing Director Roger Blyth says that he is encouraged by the response to the offers so far, and he hopes that more fans will now take advantage of the extended Early Bird deadline.
He said: "I do have to say that the response we have received to the season- ticket packages we put together for this year has been very encouraging. Obviously, when setting the prices we felt that we couldn't ignore the current economic climate, and we felt that the final costs we announced reflected these concerns. I'm absolutely delighted that like-for-like sales compared to this time last year show a slight rise despite the credit crunch, which is a clear indication that we have got the pricing right."
This summer's deals have seen Ospreys bosses slash prices in all categories, with up to £20 off the price of all adult season tickets, and OAP's and student prices slashed by £35. In order to encourage the next generation of Ospreylians to develop the habit of watching live rugby regularly, for the first time ever, child and junior season tickets are being offered in the Family Stand at no cost whatsoever when issued in conjunction with an adult or OAP ticket.
Adult season tickets start at just £160, with OAP and students paying just £120, when purchased before the Early Bird Deadline, and the cut price season ticket prices are available to existing and new season ticket holders alike. Keeping the credit crunch in mind, full price tickets purchased after this date have been frozen at last year's cost.
Principality Stadium will host the UEFA Champions League Final in six weeks' time. WRU chairman Gareth Davies, Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford and Ambassador Ian Rush joined young sports fans at the trophy arrival at the venue to celebrate the magnitude of the event on Saturday 3rd June (kick-off 19.45).
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is looking forward to bringing together players from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales for the biggest challenge of their careers - a series against world champions, New Zealand.
For the fifth year running, Wales referee Nigel Owens will be in charge of proceedings at Judgement Day V at Principality Stadium. It promises to be 'extra special' for the Wales' favourite ref, as he will be making his 150th appearance in the league.
There will be no shortage of inside knowledge from Bowl Finalists Caerphilly and Amman United when they face each other on Sunday at National Finals Day. Caerphilly hooker Rhys Cleverly knows the Principality Stadium pitch better than most as a matchday groundsman, while Amman United can look to Wales' record try scorer Shane Williams for some helpful advice.
Two hundred and 40 teams competed in the inaugural Urdd WRU 7s held at Pencoed last week with Welsh internationals Steff Andrews and Jasmine Joyce impressed with the talent on display, as was Urdd chief executive, Sioned Hughes.
The countdown is on for Judgement Day V as tickets for the big day at Principality Stadium soar through the 50,000 mark. Players and coaches alike are bursting at the seams to play in the double header with Dragons coach Kingsley Jones claiming there is a 'real buzz' about the event.
WRU TV went behind the scenes when the four regions got together to test their skill set for the BBC's Scrum V Live rugby show, at the WRU National Centre of Excellene in the build up to Judgement Day V. Blues' Matthew Morgan was one of the stars of the show while the Dragons' Cory Hill proved a surprise package...the full set of results will be revealed on tv screens on matchday
Wales assistant coach Richie Pugh is confident his side can cause a few headaches in the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend. In a tough group, Wales kick off their campaign against New Zealand on Friday before playing Japan and Fiji, who are chasing their third consecutive Hong Kong title, on Saturday.
Bedwas had to overcome a stubborn Carmarthen Quins side before winning the Foster's Challenge Cup final in Bridgend with a 23-18 victory. Bedwas captain Nicky Griffiths pays tribute to his side who have claimed the club's first piece of silverware in the modern era.
Team coach Brett Davey is aiming to keep his unbeaten run in cup finals at Principality Stadium intact when his side take on Amman United in the WRU Bowl final, after he guided Caerphilly to a 20-14 win against Cilfynydd in the semi-finals.
Penallta are hoping to go one step further than last season when falling to Bedlinog in the WRU Plate Final. After a titanic struggle against Nant Conwy, they have given themselves a great chance, after a hard fought 18-13 semi-final victory.