Capacity at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast has been reduced considerably for recent UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifiers due to the ongoing redevelopment project at the ground.
However, the Irish FA and the building contractors, O’Hare & McGovern, have worked tirelessly to make more seats available for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Greece on Thursday 8th October (7.45pm kick-off).
Last month’s home game against Hungary had an attendance of 10,200, but the capacity has now risen to 11,700 for the Greece game.
Irish FA Chief Executive Patrick Nelson said: “We are delighted we are able to provide many more Northern Ireland fans with the opportunity to see the game live.
“After all, this game could provide a moment in history that we as a country can build on not just through football but by giving the people of Northern Ireland something to unite behind.”
The extra tickets for the Greece fixture will only go to fans on the Irish FA’s mailing list who will be sent a priority link to purchase tickets. Fans can sign up at www.irishfa.com/mailinglist.
Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis from 10am on Thursday 1st October. Tickets will be limited to two per applicant/transaction. They are priced at £40 each and are subject to a Ticketmaster booking fee.
Meanwhile, the Irish FA also announced today that it will not be staging a screening of the Northern Ireland v Greece match in the grounds of Belfast City Hall - or a similar screening for the game against Finland on Sunday 11th October.
Irish FA Chief Executive Patrick Nelson said: “After consulting with commercial partners as well as Belfast City Council it quickly became apparent that the costs involved in putting on such an event were prohibitive, and in any case we now have 1500 extra tickets available for supporters to see the game live at the National Football Stadium.”