WIGAN expect to have the backing of more than 1,000 fans in their World Club Challenge against Sydney Roosters.
The club confirmed last night more than 700 tickets had already been sold for their section at the Allianz Stadium.
With tickets going on general sale on Monday, officials predict that figure will swell beyond the four-figure mark over the course of the next six weeks before the February 22 showdown.
And that would mean the Super League champions will have a travelling fan-base greater than the support which nine of the 13 visiting Super League teams had at the DW Stadium last season.
Warriors marketing director Simon Collinson said: “We are proud that we will have more fans in Australia for this game than many clubs take to away Super League fixtures.”
Tickets, costing $25 adults and $10 children, can be bought only through website www.ticketek.com.au/wcc .
Closer to home, fans yesterday began buying tickets for Wigan’s friendly at Workington on January 26, from £10 adults, £7 concessions and £5 children.
The match is a testimonial for Paul Prescott, the ex-Warriors prop forced to retire last season.
l THE man of the match in Wigan’s first friendly of the year – at Leigh next Sunday – will receive the inaugural Arthur Thomas Memorial Trophy.
Thomas, who died last year, served both clubs as chairman.