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Ticket sales for Saturday's match between the Highlanders and the Crusaders have hit 16,500, and accommodation in the city for the weekend is filling up.
The Highlanders are coming off a tight win against the Hurricanes, and are fifth on the competition ladder - with the Crusaders right behind them.
By Monday night, 15,000 tickets had been sold, and Highlanders management was hoping for a crowd of about 18,500 for the game at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Another 1500 were sold yesterday afternoon and a spokeswoman said ''it would be great to get to 22,000''.
Dunedin i-Site manager Louise Van de Vlierd said there were few hotel or motel rooms left in the city.
But ''heaps'' of bed and breakfast vacancies and other alternative accommodation remained, she said.