Ireland fans are set to descend on Cardiff in their thousands next month for the crucial World Cup qualifier against Wales.
The Boys in Green enter into that clash in Cardiff City Stadium knowing that only a win will do if they are to keep alive their hopes of going to Russia next summer.
Given the close proximity between Ireland Wales and the fact that it is the last qualifier with so much riding on it, demand was always going be high – and the FAI have confirmed that they have received over 9,000 applications for their allocated tickets for the game.
However, given the fact that Ireland have been given around 3,500 tickets for the 33,280 capacity stadium, a number of Irish fans are set to be disappointed in their efforts to get inside the ground. That being said, it seems highly likely that many of that 9,000-strong list will still make the journey to Wales to support Ireland if they are among the unlucky number who don’t get tickets, if nothing else than to sample the match atmosphere over in the city.
The FAI went on to confirm that the tickets will be distributed on merit to what they refer to as “the most loyal Republic of Ireland supporters”:
“Application inspections are ongoing with the FAI Ticketing Department undergoing an extensive process of cross-checking attendance records of each person who has applied for tickets so that regular attendees at away fixtures are catered for along with the Football Family, Supporters Clubs, and Fans’ Direct.”
It promises to be a massive occasion for Ireland in Cardiff, in a match that could make or break their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup for the first time since 2002.