Rhinos fans snap up tickets for Grand Final

Leeds Rhinos fans have been quick to snap up their tickets for the engage Super League Grand Final on Saturday and it looks like the travelling army of fans could turn the home of the Red Devils blue for the weekend.

The Champions have sold over 1,000 more tickets than they did for the 2008 Grand Final after tickets went off sale from the Headingley Carnegie ticket office on Thursday evening.

However, there are still tickets available for the match from the Rugby Football League direct either over the phone or online 24 hours a day. Plus the Manchester United ticket office at Old Trafford will be open from 9am on Saturday morning for fans to buy any unsold tickets on the day of the game.

Tickets for the 2009 engage Super League Grand Final between Leeds Rhinos and St Helens at Old Trafford on Saturday October 10 are priced from £21 and can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 11 13, by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or by texting super to 80808 on an internet-enabled mobile telephone.

Commenting on the ticket sales Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington said, "We are delighted with the response from our supporters. Our ticket sales office have done a fantastic job with over 7,000 tickets allocated on the first day of sale on Saturday alone. We were able to ensure that all our season ticket holders and members were able to get their hands on a ticket first before the remaining tickets went on general sale on Monday morning.

"We will already sold out over 40 coaches for the trip but fans can still book on the official coach trip by calling our ticket office. The team very much appreciate the support from our fans, especially given the hard, economics time that we are in," added Hetherington.

Captain Kevin Sinfield echoed those sentiments, "The Rhinos fans are the best in the world and they continue to give the lads their full backing. This will be our third Grand Final in a row and the atmosphere generated by both sets of fans is incredible. On behalf of the team, I would like to thank those fans who have purchased a ticket already and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday evening when we come out that tunnel for kick off," added Sinfield.

The Rhinos have launched a campaign to Turn Old Trafford Blue with fans able to download blue banners which they can print off and take with them on the day. Leeds fans will once again have the East Stand end of the ground, which the players will face towards when they come through the tunnel.

Marketing Manager Abigail Furniss added, "Old Trafford is famous for being the home of the Red Devils but it is becoming a special place for Rhinos fans as well. We want the fans to come dress all in blue for the game and are offering fans a free way to show their support by going to the website to download a banner." To download a banner click here now

Furniss has also warned fans to plan their journey carefully on Saturday to avoid any trouble in Manchester City Centre. "We have been informed by the RFL and the Police that there will be a march by a far right organisation on Saturday in Manchester city centre which is likely to be met by angry protests from anti-facist demonstrators. The city centre is an alchohol-exclusion zone as a result on Saturday. The safest and most enjoyable way for fans to go to Old Trafford is with the official coach trip which will depart Headingley Carnegie at 1pm."

Legendary Leeds player Graham Eccles will be opening up the Supporters Club in the South Stand car park at 12 noon on Saturday for fans who wish to have a drink together before boarding the buses over to Old Trafford. If you haven’t booked your coach place yet call 0871 423 1315 or visit the Headingley Carnegie ticket office before lunchtime on Friday.

For those fans travelling independently, Greater Manchester Police have advised Leeds fans to take a particular route to the ground. M62 from Yorkshire continuing straight onto M60 anti-clockwise signed towards Liverpool, at Eccles Interchange M60 J12 supporters should take M602 towards Manchester City Centre.

At the end of M602 (J3) supporters should follow directions for Trafford park, taking third exit on roundabout into Trafford Road A5063 following Trafford Road across Bridge over the River Irwell and turning right intoTrafford Park Road then left into Waters Reach to approach the East Car parks of the stadium in Sir Matt Busby Way.