The Welsh Rugby Union have announced the ‘Judgement Day’ event will continue for four more years after a new deal was signed with the four regions.
This year’s edition will be the seventh and last of the current contract, with Cardiff Blues hosting Ospreys and Dragons hosting Scarlets on Saturday 27th April. Tickets are on sale on Tuesday 27th November, with prices once again £10 until Tuesday 4th December.
Since it’s inception crowds sizes have steadily grown, with the last three events attracting crowds of over 60,000. However, Judgement Day has not been without it’s criticism.
Staging the event at the end of the season has been seen as failing to attract supporters to week-in, week-out regional games, with the next home games for each side generally not until the September, while the atmosphere can be sadly lacking in the Principality Stadium.
Supporters of Cardiff Blues and Dragons have also been disappointed about losing home games for the staging of Judgement Day, with season ticket holders on the terrace at the Arms Park allocated tickets in the lower tier rather than being allowed to choose where they sit.
However, the new deal struck between the WRU and the regions will see Ospreys and Scarlets now the designated home sides at some of the events, with the aim being for the sides playing 11 home games in the Pro14 to play host at the Principality Stadium.
There will also be a change to how the gate receipts are shared out, whereas previously the two home sides and the WRU shared the money, now the ‘home’ sides will take 80%, with the ‘away’ sides receiving 20%.
All ‘home’ season ticket holders will continue to have access included in their season tickets, while ‘away’ season ticket holders will have access to frozen £10 ticket prices.
There is a change to general prices though as middle tier ticket prices will rise to £25 (£10 concession) and revert to £15 for both lower and upper tier adult tickets after the ‘early bird’ lower tier offer ends – with the £10, U16 concession ticket remaining to ensure the family event is accessible for all.