But for a number of supporters giving up tickets to the recent quarter-final against Munster, Leicester would have lost the advantage of playing at Welford Road.
Now, to avoid future problems, Leicester are to limit season ticket holders to 11-12,000, about 1,000 short of this season's total. The present capacity at Welford Road is fixed at 16,815.
The Heineken regulations are also a marketing device to encourage supporters to buy early, though publicity material is a little unfortunate. The brochure shows Tim Stimpson lining up a kick with the words: "I won't miss it . . . neither should you." Supporters will need no reminding that the full-back missed four kicks at goal when Munster won the quarter-final 20-7.
Reproduced courtesy of The Daily Telegraph