I'm still trying to understand why this venue has been selected and what facilities will be available to those who won't wish to pay £1000 for 10 people for entry to the game, pre-match drink, half time pie & pint, full time stovies and meet the players in the "exclusive hospitality suite". The facilities at Canal Park are excellent for Highland Rugby Club's needs at present and a crowd of 500 to 600. More than that and they are a bit stretched all round, which I know from attending a few of the Highland RFC games this season. Part of that experience also includes being able to drink alcohol before, during and after the game, and outside as well. Will that be allowed for at Ryan's testimonial? I'm sure this aspect will suit a number of our hardy fans.
I would hope that at least our regular home crowd will attend to honour Ryan. So 1500-2000 or more will not be catered for by current facilities, unless of course these are to be supplemented by temporary toilets and food and drinks serveries. In addition, there are no seats or a covered grandstand to watch the game from. The only elevated view of the pitch is from the first floor level balcony in front of the bar. Otherwise it's a free for all around the pitch-side barrier on two sides only.
More information on the arrangements would be welcome therefore.