Judgement Day returns to Principality Stadium

Andy Baber
02 October 2019

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One of the biggest dates in the Guinness PRO14 calendar will return in 2020 when Principality Stadium hosts the eighth edition of Judgement Day.

The annual double-header will see Wales’ Rugby World Cup heroes collide in Cardiff in regional colours on Saturday 18th April as they put their international loyalties aside.

Ospreys will take on Dragons in the opening match at 3pm before Scarlets welcome the Cardiff Blues at 5.15pm as the two teams from the West play host for the first time in the history of the event.

Last season saw Dragons edge out Scarlets 34-32 in a thrilling contest, before Ospreys narrowly beat Cardiff Blues 26-23 to seal a Champions Cup play-off spot with a dramatic late Sam Davies penalty.

ALL EYES ON CARDIFF SHOWDOWN

Now into its eighth year, Judgement Day was first born in the 2012/13 campaign as the two eastern Welsh regions and two western Welsh regions went head to head for derby day glory.

JDVIII sees both Ospreys and Scarlets nominated as the ‘home side’ in the climactic, potentially season-defining, clashes for the first time at Principality Stadium next year.

The change means their players transfer to the more commonly used international dressing rooms on the ‘tunnel’ side of the stadium for perhaps the biggest Judgment Day to date.

Last year the Welsh Rugby Union and the four regions moved to secure the future of Judgement Day, agreeing a new partnership until 2022 for the blockbuster showdowns.

The deal ensures all four entities benefit directly financially from the agreement, where previously only the home teams gained from ticket income.

All four now play a home game at Principality Stadium as part of Judgement Day in alternate seasons and 80 per cent of the ticket profits for the event are split between the two nominated home sides, with the two away teams receiving 20 per cent.

‘Home’ season ticket holders, so Ospreys and Scarlets fans, gain free entry but must still confirm attendance to reserve their seats with their relevant ticket office by the deadline of 25th October.

HOW TO SECURE YOUR PLACE

General prices will be £25 middle tier (£10 U16s concession) and £15 for both lower and upper tier adult tickets (including Alcohol Free Zone).

Supporters are also advised to look-out for offers of £10 adults and £5 U16 which will accompany the official on sale date, likely to be in early November.

“Judgement Day is not only a showpiece event for the Guinness PRO14, but it is also an annual celebration of the domestic game in Wales,” said WRU chairman Gareth Davies.

“Set against the backdrop of Wales’ World Cup campaign in Japan, not to mention the 2020 Guinness Six Nations and whatever twists and turns that may hold for the international side, JDVIII is the chance for our star players to compete on home soil in regional colours.

“The event showcases the best of Welsh rugby at one venue and is always fascinating.

“Arriving as it does in Round 17 of the league campaign, when all four teams should still have play-off spots to play for, it has the potential to be even bigger and better this year.”

Judgement Day regularly attracts crowds well in excess of 50,000, with the record attendance for the event – and any Guinness PRO14 game – standing at 68,262 set in 2016.

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