Government confirm increased crowds at major sporting events

The Government confirm details of increased crowds.

The Government have confirmed details of increased crowds at major Irish sporting events over the coming weeks.

25,000 spectators will be allowed into the Aviva Stadium for Ireland’s two home World Cup qualifiers in September.

As well as that, 24,000 will be allowed into Croke Park for the All-Ireland hurling and football semi-finals, a number which will increase to 40,000 for the finals of both codes.

Announcing the news on Twitter, Sports Minister Jack Chambers confirmed all of the numbers and added: “We will continue to build on the progress to date to get as many fans safely back to our stadia.”

World Cup qualifiers among sporting events that will see increased crowds.

Stephen Kenny’s Ireland side are due to host Azerbaijan at the Aviva Stadium on September 4th before taking on Serbia at the same venue on September 7th.

The two World Cup qualifiers in September will mark the first occasions that Ireland have played in front of a home crowd under manager Stephen Kenny, who took the reins in April of last year.

“An important signal of how far we’ve come.”

The All-Ireland Hurling Championship semi-finals will take next weekend (August 7th and 8th) with the football equivalent to be held at Croke Park on August 14th and 15th.

The All-Ireland Hurling Final will take place on August 22nd, with the Football Final pencilled in for August 29th.

Speaking to RTE, Chambers said: “This is an important signal of how far we have come as a country.

“From the start of this process I stated we wanted to be ambitious around getting supporters back in stadia all around the country and the figures for the upcoming games show that is exactly what is happening.

“I am really pleased we have implemented a very careful return of crowds starting with smaller numbers at first and gradually increasing over the summer months.”

Bohemian FC have hosted two Uefa Conference leage matches at the Aviva Stadium in recent weeks, with 6,000 supporters witnessing their 3-0 win over Stjarnan a fortnight ago and 8,000 watching club beat Dudelange by the same scoreline last night.

Tickets for The Gypsies’ next outing in Dublin 4, against PAOK of Greece, sold out in 17 minutes when they were released on general sale this afternoon.

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