Thursday 19 September 2019

Boost for Irish fans as additional tickets secured by FAI for Ireland's Euro 2020 qualifier in Gibraltar

The FAI are operating on the basis that the match will take place in the 2,300-capacity Victoria Stadium. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
The FAI are operating on the basis that the match will take place in the 2,300-capacity Victoria Stadium. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

John Fallon

There was better news today for Ireland fans planning to attend Mick McCarthy’s first game back at the helm against Gibraltar on March 23 as the FAI have received 500 tickets.

Only yesterday, Gibraltar confirmed their intention to host their opening game of the European Championship qualification Group D at the Victoria Stadium, their home stadium holding a capacity of just 2,300, sparking fears of a ticket shortage for loyal fans.

Concerns had been raised by supporters with the minimum 5 per cent allocation for away fans plus the additional 5 per cent the home association can allocate at their discretion certain not to satisfy demand.

That allocation has now been doubled and the FAI remain confident of procuring additional tickets, thereby accommodating the demands of those regular attendees at away matches.

An estimated 800 Ireland supporters were in Aarhus earlier last month for the concluding Nations League fixture against Denmark.

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