Monday 26 June 2017

FAI confirm Ireland-Wales clash at the Aviva is a sell-out and clarify Welsh ticket allocation

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Independent.ie Newsdesk

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The Football Association of Ireland have confirmed that the World Cup qualifier against Wales at the Aviva Stadium on March 28 is sold out.

The mouthwatering Group D fixture will be crucial for both countries' hopes of qualifying for Russia 2018.

Ireland are top of the table on 10 points after four games with four points to spare over Chris Colemans's charges.

In a statement today, the FAI said: "Tickets for the home clash with Wales initially went on sale on November 21, 2016 through the DUO Package, which included the 'Three' International Friendly against Iceland on March 28 at Aviva Stadium, with the remainder of tickets released on pre-sale to Season Ticket holders, Supporters Clubs, Club Ireland members, Jack Charlton Lounge patrons, Football Family and Sponsors.

"Due to phenomenal demand - particularly around the Wales game - the DUO Package sold out in record time. This followed on the back of a record-breaking year for the FAI Season Tickets with the 2016/17 campaign reaching almost 14,000.

"For the last two campaigns, the cost of the FAI Season Ticket did not change and with prices starting at €130 it proved to be incredible value for supporters who want to secure their seat for every Ireland home game.

"The 2017/18 FAI Season Ticket campaign will be launched by May, retaining the same number of exclusive offers that includes access to Women's Senior & Men's Under 21 home internationals, discounts off FAI Shop plus various sponsors, Aviva Stadium tour, and priority for tickets."

The FAI have come under fire in recent weeks from Welsh supporters groups over their ticket allocation for the Dublin encounter.

Both sets of away fans will receive 3,500 tickets for the games in Dublin and Cardiff but because the game in Wales will take place at the 33,280 capacity Cardiff City Stadium, there will be a greater proportion of Ireland fans at the game there than Welsh supporters at the Aviva game.

The FAI added: "Also, to clarify on the ticket allocation to Wales supporters, the Football Association of Wales (FAW) reached an agreement with the FAI last November to provide 3,500 tickets for the game in Aviva Stadium. The same number of tickets would then be allocated to the FAI for Ireland supporters travelling to Cardiff in October."

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