Quins 'Big Game' could get bigger yet
Harlequins are already looking forward to next Christmas's 'Big Game
II' and the possibility of a record-breaking 82,000 crowd for an English
A restricted capacity crowd of 52,000 piled into England's Twickenham
headquarters - round the corner from Harlequins's Stoop home ground - to
see the Londoners stage a thrilling 26-26 draw with Leicester on
Harlequins chief executive Mark Evans, despite seeing the match yield
a record crowd for a regular-season Premiership fixture, is convinced
there's room for significant growth.
Reduced local rail services may have deterred some fans from
travelling during the holiday period and with Twickenham capable of
holding a crowd of 82,000, Evans was in bullish mood.
"We were capped at 50,000, which meant we sold out a week in
advance," he said. "I wonder how many we would have got? We didn't have
a walk-up and we didn't have last-week sales, which are usually in five
"We have a three-year deal with the Rugby Football Union. 'Big Game
II' will happen, 'Big Game III' will happen, and we hope by then we will
establish it as the big London Christmas sporting event.
"Let's hope next year we can have a real go at 'Big Game II' and
maybe fill Twickenham. I really think we can." LONDON, Monday (AFP)