SECTIONS of AVIVA Stadium ticket holders have been informed that they will not have access to their assigned seats as the FAI, in conjunction with Ticketmaster, look to create a better match day atmosphere.
With a clear drop-off evident in ticket sales and reduced crowds, the FAI and Ticketmaster are looking to ensure that lower tier blocks are fully populated leaving many upper section season ticket holders disgruntled that they will no longer be able to occupy their normally reserved seats at the venue.
In a letter from FAI Customer Relations, patrons were told about the re-alignment of seating while also indicating that several new match day perks would be put in place.
The letter reads: "We apologise for any inconvenience caused due to the fact that your current seats are not available for renewal this season. FAI are correlating all season ticket holders into certain sections of the stadium to:
1. Provide a better match day experience for all its members and to create a better atmosphere from fully seated blocks.
2. We envisage introducing a number of new match day perks for all season ticket holders and we can only achieve this when and if we have all season ticket holders allocated in particular sections of the stadium."
"We have spoken to Ticketmaster at length over the last 24 hours and have briefed them on what options to offer any of our customers who have been affected by this.
"Please contact Ticketmaster on 01 6486054, and they will advise you of the best available seats and will endeavor to accommodate your requirements as best as possible.
"We apologise again for the inconvenience and thank you for your continued support."
While world Cup qualifiers such as the upcoming match with Sweden are sure to be sell-outs, recent internationals have drawn dissappointing crowds and while the FAI and Ticketmaster's approach is understandable, many fans have settled into their previously designated seats and are disappointed that their immediate 'familar surroundings' will no longer be available to them.
"You get used to your seats and we had a good vantage point in the upper deck. I'm disappointed and I'm unsure exactly what we are going to be offered," said one irate fan.