Vodacom Super 14
Last chance for Bulls tickets
We are marching to Soweto. (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Bulls supporters desperate to get their hands on tickets for the Super 14 semi-final against the Crusaders on Saturday will have a last chance to do so on Wednesday.
Bulls chief executive officer Barend van Graan said any left over after season ticket-holders had collected their tickets would go on sale through Computicket at R250 each on Wednesday.
"They (season ticket holders) had their chance (to get tickets) until 4pm on Tuesday, and the rest will go on sale," said Van Graan.
He could not say at exactly when time the tickets would be available, or how many would be available.
Computicket started selling tickets for the historic match at the Orlando Stadium, in Soweto, on Monday morning. These were sold out within hours.
Van Graan said the Bulls' preparations were on track, even though the Blue Bulls Rugby Union had had to move its offices to the Soweto stadium.
The Union was happy with the facilities at the stadium. "They are fantastic. We are extremely happy with it."
The Super 14 semi-final was moved from the Bulls' home ground at Loftus Versfeld, in Pretoria, which seats 60 000 people to the newly-renovated stadium in Orlando, which seats 40 000, because Loftus has been reserved by FIFA for the World Cup that starts on 11 June.
Van Graan said it did not matter where the stadium was, the fact that it would be filled with Blue Bulls flags "makes it a home stadium".
The Bulls had their first practice session at the stadium on Tuesday and Van Graan said they were happy with the conditions.
"I sat at the stadium today and got goose bumps," he said.
The Super 14 semi-final kicks off at 5pm on Saturday.
The Bulls have made several transport arrangements for their supporters, including Park-and-Ride facilities from the SuperSport Park cricket grounds in Centurion and from Nasrec in southern Johannesburg.
Park-and-Ride tickets went on sale at Computicket on Tuesday and were still available.
"The only thing is we won't have trains running anymore, because of the Transnet strike," said Van Graan.
Tickets for the Stormers semi-final against the Waratahs, in Cape Town, at 7pm on Saturday were also selling "briskly" on Tuesday, when sales opened, said Western Province Rugby Union spokesman Gavin Lewis.
"By lunch-time on Tuesday we had 4500 seated tickets available and 2500 standing tickets available," said Lewis. The seated tickets cost between R200 and R250 while the standing tickets sold at R90.
"The ramp tickets were completely sold out," said Lewis. These sold at R150.
Lewis said that between 15 000 and 20 000 tickets had been made available for the 48 000-seater stadium. Season tickets, scholar season tickets and suite tickets were valid for the game, he said.