The game will be Sharks' biggest in Europe since making the quarter finals in 2008. Sale Sharks won the competition back in 2002 and again in 2005, whilst Northampton lifted the trophy in 2009.
The game sees Steve Diamond and Jim Mallinder going head to head as respective Directors of Rugby. Both Steve and Jim have been friends for many years since playing for Sale, and were the coaching duo that brought major silverware to the club in 2002 with the win over Pontypridd at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford.
Steve Diamond said, "This is a game we are all looking forward to. Northampton's side is loaded with both internationals and ex-Sharks (Foden, Day and Burrell) and we have the slight advantage of being at home. The lads won 5 out of 6 group games including the win in Biarritz and we will be going all out to try and win the game and if we do, we have Harlequins or Stade Francais to look forward to three weeks later."
The game will also mark the launch of the newly formed Sale Sharks Past Players Association and many of the victorious 2002 side will be with us on the evening to enjoy the game and meet the fans.
Pricing of tickets for the game makes it an attractive proposition and Chairman Gordon McKie said, "Although the game is out of the current Season Ticket deal, we want to reward our loyal season ticket holders and ticket prices for them will be £10 for adults and £5 for concessions, anywhere in the ground (excluding hospitality area).
"Children under ten go free too. Tickets for season ticket holders go on sale from Friday morning. As a further thank you from us, season ticket holders will also get the added bonus of being able to buy an additional three tickets for the game at these attractive prices."
Non Season Ticket holders will be able to purchase tickets from Friday 7th March, and they will be priced at £15 for adults and £10 for concessions (under tens go free).
Gordon McKie added, "We are looking to attract a big crowd for what is our most important game for some time and I hope our supporters turn up in numbers and get behind Steve and the guys for this fixture. Our fans give the players a massive boost at home games."
FULL TICKET DETAILS
Season ticket holders
Please note Season Ticket Holders MUST phone 08444-994-994 to secure their own seat (if applicable) and to obtain the discounted prices. Platinum Season Ticket Holders MUST phone Gregg Harris, email@example.com or call 0161 667 7513
£5 for a concession/junior anywhere in the ground (other than hospitality)
£10 for a full paying adult.
Season ticket holders are entitled to a further three tickets at these prices, and are rewarded for their loyal support by getting the first week (beginning Friday 28th February) to book as a priority, where their current seat/place in the stand will be held until Thursday 6th March at 6pm.
Non-season ticket holders
Tickets will go on sale the following Friday (7th March) to the general public, prices are:
£10 for a concession/junior
£15 for a full paying adult,
again, anywhere in the ground - whether you stand or sit.
Family ticket bundles are also available, with families being able to pay a minimum of £20 for an adult and two children to attend.
Tickets can be purchased by phoning 08444 994 994 or online.
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The club are also offering competitive prices to upgrade your evening to a hospitality experience.
If you are interested in this, please contact our Head of Hospitality Sales Gregg Harris on email@example.com, or call 0161 667 7513
£50 + VAT Executive suite packages include:
• Executive seat close to halfway line
• Freshly cooked curry, naan bread and accompaniments
• Post-match snack
• Match programme
• Car park pass (1 per 4 places booked)
• Pre-match Q&A with members of the 2002 Parker Pen Shield winning squad including Jason Robinson