Toulon confirmed as venue for Leicester Tigers European quarter-final
Leicester Tigers will play their Heineken Cup quarter-final at the home stadium of French giants Toulon.
The decision was confirmed late yesterday after a visit by officials from tournament organisers European Rugby Cup (ERC) to the southern French city.
The game will be played at Stade Felix Mayol stadium on Sunday, April 7, with a 5.30pm local time kick-off, 4.30pm in Britain.
Delays in announcing the venue were because of ERC rules, which state that a host quarter-final venue must have a capacity of at least 15,000. The Toulon ground only holds 14,700.
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The club plan to erect a temporary stand for the quarter-final that will push the capacity to just over the 15,000 minimum.
The quarter-final will be the biggest game played at Stade Mayol in the history of the club.
The alternative venue, if the ERC had not agreed with the Toulon plan, was unclear.
Nice, Monaco and Marseilles were all mentioned as possible destinations for the game, however, the club said that Nimes and Avignon were their preferred venues if the Stade Mayol had not get approval.
Both cities are a two-hour drive of more than 100 miles north-west of Toulon, and both destinations have stadiums currently used for football in the French second division.