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Derby demand forces Wasps to open stand

English Premiership rugby union club Wasps will open up the Ricoh Arena’s South Stand to general sale after ticket sales approached 20,000 for the upcoming clash with Leicester Tigers.

The game is set to take place on December 2, with the Midlands derby expecting a big crowd at the 32,019-capacity Coventry stadium.

The South Stand is usually used for away supporters at football matches and only opens for rugby matches when required due to extra demand.

The Ricoh Arena’s highest ever attendance for a sporting event was a Wasps v Leicester Tigers match-up in 2015, which saw 32,019 fans attend. A clash between the two teams in May this year also attracted 29,051 fans.

The average attendance for Wasps home fixtures during the 2016-17 season was 19,530.

A limited number of top-priced Category One tickets are still available for the game, with the opening of the South Stand adding more availability in Categories 3 and 4.

In addition, there is limited availability remaining for hospitality at the game.