The British & Irish Lions have denied that they had anything to do with the setting of ticket prices for their 2009 tour of South Africa.
Following enquiries into the low attendances thus far, and the level of ticket pricing for the 2009 tour, Lions chief executive John Feehan has rejected claims that the Lions had any involvement in determining the price of tickets.
There were empty seats during the first Test at King’s Park, while not surprisingly the biggest attendance of the six warm-ups prior to last Saturday’s game was in Port Elizabeth, where the prices were significantly cheaper.
‘The South African Rugby Union and its provincial unions had sole responsibility for the setting of ticket prices for the British & Irish Lions tour and the Lions management had no input whatsoever into any of this,’ said Feehan.
‘The Lions did appoint official overseas travel agencies to service the requirements of travelling British & Irish Lions supporters. However, the tickets for this programme were purchased at full price from the South African Rugby Union by the British & Irish Lions.
‘It is true to say we are very surprised at the level of the attending crowds. The Lions only visit South Africa every 12 years and it is therefore disappointing that the stadiums have been far from full,’ added Feehan.