The game will be played at the home of Leicester City FC at 12.30pm on Saturday April 1.

David Clayton, managing director, explained why the change of venue had been necessary:

“Heineken Cup regulations stipulate that we must provide 25 per cent of the ground capacity to the visiting team for a quarter-final and Bath has already indicated it requires its full allocation, which at Welford Road would be in excess of 4,000.

“We have over 15,000 season ticket holders and registered members and our main priority is to ensure that they are able to buy a ticket for this game.

“By switching the venue to Walkers Stadium, we are able to meet their requirements and also those of our sponsors, executive members and the many thousands of Tigers supporters who currently have difficulty in obtaining tickets for matches at Welford Road.

“This season, for the first time, we have had to limit season ticket sales for Heineken Cup pool matches in order to provide the visiting sides with 15 per cent of the stadium capacity. Once again this indicates the need to develop and increase the capacity of Welford Road to meet the ever-increasing demand for Tigers tickets.

“Before making a final decision, we consulted Pat Howard and Richard Cockerill and they are fully supportive of this move and are looking forward to playing in front of a capacity crowd at Walkers Stadium.

“Despite the demand for tickets for this fixture we will not be increasing ticket prices as we do not believe our supporters should be exploited financially.

“We are currently finalising ticketing arrangements, which will be publicised on next week. We will also be writing to all season ticket holders and members with details of how they can obtain their tickets.”