Edinburgh to host Pro12 final

Date published: September 8 2015

Edinburgh will host the 2016 Guinness PRO12 final at Murrayfield on Saturday May 28th it has been announced. 

This will be the second time the Pro12 final has been staged at a pre-arranged ground, and will be the first time the final has taken place away from Ireland since the play-offs were introduced.

Tickets will go on public sale on Tuesday 15 September, and the details were announced at a media conference at Edinburgh's iconic Castle in the city centre.

Announcing Edinburgh as the chosen host city John Feehan, CEO of Pro12 Rugby said: "Edinburgh is well known as an inspiring host city for sports, arts & cultural events. The BT Murrayfield Stadium is a super venue for the Guinness PRO12 Final. We invited offers from all 12 clubs & their regions to host the final. The tender from Edinburgh was outstanding and was unanimously agreed as the chosen venue. 

"Our competition is truly unique. Twelve clubs, four unions, one trophy – we are delighted to be able to work with our partners to promote the variety of fantastic international destinations that the Guinness PRO12 has to offer.

"We look forward to working with all our partners in staging a festival of rugby where fans from all four of our countries will enjoy a memorable final and a great weekend in Edinburgh."

Dominic McKay, Scottish Rugby's Director of Commercial Operations, Communications and Public Affairs and Board Director of Guinness PRO12 said: "We are extremely pleased that our bid was successful and we have the privilege of hosting such a prestigious final.

"Bringing the match to Scotland and Murrayfield in Edinburgh is a great way to grow the tournament and our focus will be on attracting a record crowd for a Pro12 final, which for the first time is being held outside of Ireland.

"We want to celebrate the climax to the season by welcoming fans from all Pro12 clubs to the final, to what promises to be a fantastic sporting event."

David Jordan, Tournament Director, Pro12 Rugby added: "We have been working with all our clubs to build the Pro12 rugby brand and the announcement today is another important step in showcasing our fantastic competition to a larger attendance. 

"Our last six finals were truly memorable rugby spectacles and, building on this success, we look forward to welcoming fans to Edinburgh for what will be a fantastic rugby weekend."