With over two weeks still to go until the 2015 Challenge Cup Final, it was revealed late last night that over 70,000 tickets have already been sold for the showpiece event.
Leeds Rhinos will return to Wembley Stadium on August 29 looking to retain the trophy they won last year when they defeated Castleford, but they will have to get past Hull KR to do so, who are in their first cup final for 29 years.
And a social media post from the official Challenge Cup Twitter account last night suggested that ticket sales are doing well ahead of the event, with hopes now high of an 80,000 crowd for the first time since 2010.
In fact, only one cup final of the last six has seen a crowd over 80,000 – when Warrington beat Leeds 30-6 in 2010 in front of a whopping 85,217.
Previous Challenge Cup Final Attendances
2009 – Warrington 25-16 Huddersfield: 76,560
2010 – Warrington 30-6 Leeds: 85,217
2011 – Wigan 28-18 Leeds: 78,482
2012 – Warrington 35-18 Leeds: 79,180
2013 – Wigan 16-0 Hull: 78,137
2014 – Leeds 23-10 Castleford: 77,914