The second leg of the 1872 Cup clash between Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby on Saturday evening has been switched from Scotstoun to BT Murrayfield.
It will mean both legs of the annual competition will be played at Edinburgh Rugby’s home ground.
The Scotstoun pitch has been deemed unplayable due to heavy rain falling in and around the Glasgow area.
All tickets already purchased are valid for the match. However, there will be no additional tickets made available. The kick-off will remain at 5.15pm for a game to be screened live on Sky Sports.
Edinburgh won the first leg 23-11 last Sunday at BT Murrayfield in front of a record 23,642 fans. The switch boosts their hopes of retaining the trophy, especially as they haven’t won in Glasgow for 12 years.
However, Capital fans took to social media to voice their disappointment that no extra tickets would be made available for the game with the attendance set to be restricted to around the 7000 mark.
Jennifer Lawrie wrote on Twitter: “Seems like a missed opportunity not making more tickets available. The atmosphere on Sunday was great!!”
David Parker said: “Surely this is no way to promote the game. Can Scottish rugby afford to turn down the chance of extra income?”
And Barry Holt said: “Crazy. Clubs must have plenty of money to turn down extra ticket money.”
Catherine Russell: “Crazy! I understand Warriors wanting it to be like a home game but financially they’ve missed a trick.”
Glasgow Warriors managing director Nathan Bombrys said: “We’re disappointed that the game cannot go ahead at Scotstoun as originally planned and all efforts were made to get the game on.
“However, after unprecedented rainfall over the last couple of days we wanted to make an early decision to help our supporters make appropriate plans and ensure the game went ahead this weekend.
“We investigated a number of options, however, BT Murrayfield was the only stadium which allowed us to play the game on the same day and time, with a large enough capacity.
“It’s not an ideal situation going back to Edinburgh, but we need to get the game played and we’ll do everything we can to make this a Glasgow home game.
“We would encourage supporters to make the trip to Edinburgh and get behind the team, for what is an extremely important fixture.”
Glasgow’s hand was no doubt forced by the fact that they already face a testing fixture backlog in the new year. Their opening European Champions Cup fixture against Racing 92 was postponed in the wake of the Paris terror attacks and is now due to take place in the French capital on January 9, with the PRO12 clash at Zebre due to be played that day requiring a new date.
At the start of December, the home league match against Leinster fell victim to Storm Desmond and has now had to be slotted in on Friday, March 18 on the eve of the Ireland v Scotland match in the Six Nations.