Sarries target 60,000 for Quins rematch
December 29, 2011
A world-record crowd watched on at Twickenham © Getty Images
Saracens chief executive Edward Griffiths is hoping the club can attract a crowd of over 60,000 for their rematch with Harlequins at Wembley next March.
Griffiths' comments come in response to Harlequins setting a new world record for a regular-season club fixture with an official attendance of 82,000 at Twickenham for Tuesday's Aviva Premiership game against their London rivals. Saracens have played seven matches at Wembley in the last two seasons, and are looking to build on their previous best figure of 47,000.
"We would be disappointed with anything less than 60,000 and I am sure that is achievable," Griffiths told the Telegraph.
"It maybe harder to draw a London rugby audience to Wembley than it is draw them to Twickenham where they are more accustomed to going. But Wembley is a more modern, comfortable and easily accessible stadium.
Defending Premiership champions Saracens won Tuesday's clash 19-11, ending Harlequins' unbeaten start to the season. Griffiths says the two rival clubs deserve the praise being heaped on them in the wake of the match, but singled out Harlequins for special congratulations after "Big Game 4".
"You have to congratulate Harlequins on what they have achieved. The Big Game concept is spectacular for the image of the game. Our match against Harlequins at Twickenham was watched by more supporters than will watch any Premier League match this season.
"If Saracens and Harlequins go on to contest the Premiership final, it is conceivable that in three matches they will be watched by over a quarter of a million people, which would be amazing," said Griffiths.
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