Wily Irish fans find way around Danish ticket warning as Green Army descends on Copenhagen
The number of Irish fans inside the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on Saturday will be significantly more than the allocated 2,450 as wily supporters find a way around a ticket warning from the Danish FA.
Loyal Ireland fans were faced with a ticket scramble when the draw was revealed with the FAI receiving just 2,450 tickets for the play-off first leg. Of that number, just under 1,000 (40%) were distributed to fans who are members of Supporters Clubs and Fans Direct - a grouping of fans who do not wish to be part of a Supporters Club.
The rest of the Irish allocation was distributed to Abbey Travel (15%) and the 'Football Family' (45%). The later allocation has been a cause of debate for many loyal fans who have expressed concerns over the lack of transparency in the 'Football Family' grouping.
Their main bone of contention is that many regular travelling fans who have attended five away games in the last two qualifying campaigns missed out on tickets for Denmark, and that 40% of tickets for the fans should be increased.
But many Ireland fans have snapped up tickets for the home end despite strong warnings from the Danish FA.
Any fans who purchased a ticket for the Danish end through an Irish address had their tickets cancelled, but to bypass that problem, hundreds set up fake Denmark names, phone numbers and addresses and have received their e-ticket without a problem.
"All of the tickets intended for Irish fans were sent to the Irish federation for distribution, and so the only way to order a ticket to be mailed to Ireland was to buy in the Danish section. None of these tickets have been mailed," Danish FA communications director Jacob Wadland told the Irish Times.
"I presume that these supporters have not been able to get tickets in the Irish section and have panicked and bought tickets for other parts of the ground. They might be thinking that it will be okay but it will not be okay. We will be quite strict about this."
While Wadland admits that there are Irish fans who have received tickets by using fake information, he warned that there will be tight security outside the stadium but if they do gain access, they are advised not to wear green.
Close to 8,000 Irish fans are expected to travel to the Danish capital this weekend and here is a guide to some of the pubs who have slashed their prices.
THE IRISH ROVER
Kieran Cahill, owner of the Irish Rover, has reduced the price of pints and bottle significantly and will also have live music on matchday from Catalpa's Ciaran Warfield, son of Brian from the Wolfe Tones.
All pints have been slashed from over 50kr to just 35kr, which works out at €4.70 while five bottles of Carlsberg will set you back 100kr (€13.50) and a pint and a pie is 89kr (€12).
Cork man Kieran Cahill,owner of The Irish Rover, is still recovering from the Rebels' double delight following their FAI Cup win over Dundalk at the weekend, but he promises late nights and a vibrant atmosphere all weekend.
THE SHAMROCK INN
The Shamrock Inn have also dropped prices with Carlsberg, Tuborg, Christmas Beer and Cooneys Cider pints all 40kr (€5.30).
The Dubliner confirmed to Independent.ie that pints of Carlsberg/Classic will be sold for 35dk instead of 59dk, and Guinness for 45dk, down from 63kr.
Another Irish Bar rolling out the red carpet. Carlsberg 43kr, Guinness 49kr and "much more specials".
The Globe are quick to point out that RTE is shown in their establishment which has eight HD screens, three indoor bars and one outdoor bar.
"The best Guinness in town," is the talk coming from Kennedy's who are based just a shoty, five-minute walk from the central station.
Again, all drinks are reduced with Guinness for 49kr and Carlsberg 40kr. Homemade pies will set you back 50kr and the opening hours are from 12 noon to 2am.
DEN GLADE GRIS (The Happy Piglet)
Popular sportsbar, Den Glade Gris (The Happy Piglet), is throwing a pre-game party from 3pm, and have draft Guinness (0,5 cl) for only 29dk.
Over on YouBoysInGreen.ie, a Danish fan going by the user name MadsV has been providing useful information for Ireland fans.
Things to do in Copenhagen?
- Christiania - Christiania is chilled and you can have a walk around the surrounding lakes. Good place to unwind.
- Nørrebro and Vesterbro areas for cool bars and shops
- Hire a citybike to get around town and see where it takes you
- Nyhavn area (expensive) and Copenhagen Street Food across the pedestrian bridge
Places to eat?
Studiestræde and Gothersgade are two of the main streets if you just want to get drunk. Not my type of places. There's a placed called Brus in Nørrebro that I go to - really good beer - spacious too.
Pub & Sport by City Hall is a sports bar with pool, darts etc.
There's a chain called Madklubben (The Food Club) that has a lot of different type of restaurants. Usually a three-course meal for 300 Danisk Kroner (great food for the price)
Price of beer in off licences?
Off-license are not really a thing here. You can buy alcohol in every kiosk and drink it on the streets. It's about €2 a can
Mikkeller beers are getting pretty famous worldwide. Don't care for Tuborg or Carlsberg myself, too bland.
The city pass on public transport for €11 looks a good option on matchday?
A single ticket for buses, metro etc. in the city center is 24 kroner = €3. So you will probably be better of with a city pass if you're taking a trip around the city. Taxis are very expensive.
- Single metro ticket (city centre): 24 kroner
- Single metro ticket (airport): 36 kroner
- City Pass 72 hours: 200 kroner
Copenhagen Card includes entry to a heap of museums, which presumably won't be of interest if you're only there for football and drinking.
Thoughts on the cheap bars Mads? Billy Booze, Heidi's etc...
If you're just looking for drink specials then it will do just fine, but those places are tacky. If I had to choose one of the two I would go for Heidis or Guldhornene next to it. Billy Booze is filled with troublemakers and reality show contestants.