Extra tickets for Greece Euro qualifier

Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty celebrates scoring the equaliser against Hungary: ''Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty celebrates scoring the equaliser against Hungary: ''Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

An additional 1,500 Green and White Army faithful will be adding to a special atmosphere at Windsor Park for next month’s Euro qualifier against Greece.

The Irish Football Association has confirmed that the stadium renovations have progressed sufficiently to open more sections of seating in the new grandstands in time for the October 8 clash.

If Northern Ireland beat the Greeks it will secure a first ever appearance at the European Championships, which are being held in France next year.

Capacity has been increased to 11,700 for what is Northern Ireland’s most important game in decades.

Just over 10,000 fans were able to watch last month’s home draw against Hungary.

IFA 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 be available to fans who sign up to purchase tickets at www.irishfa.com/mailinglist.

Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis from 10am on Thursday, October 1 – limited to two per applicant/transaction. They are priced at £40 each and are subject to a Ticketmaster booking fee.

The IFA has also announced that it will not screen the Greece match in the grounds of Belfast City Hall – or the game against Finland on Sunday, October 11.

Mr 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 1,500 extra tickets available for supporters to see the game live at the National Football Stadium.”