EURO 2016 QUALIFIERS: Extra 1500 tickets to go on sale for Northern Ireland v Greece game at Windsor Park

An extra 1500 tickets will be available for Northern Ireland's game with Greece
An extra 1500 tickets will be available for Northern Ireland's game with Greece

The Irish FA has announced an additional 1500 tickets are to be made available for Northern Ireland’s crunch Euro 2016 qualifier with Greece.

The capacity at Windsor Park has been reduced considerably for recent 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 October 8 qualifier against Greece.

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.

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 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, October 1. 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 that it will not be staging a screening of the match in the grounds of Belfast City Hall – or a similar screening for the game against Finland on Sunday, October 11.

Nelson added: “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.”