The chances of getting a golden ticket to one of Ireland’s Euro 2016 games have greatly increased after UEFA granted an extra allocation of 6,502 tickets to the FAI.
The second batch of tickets brings Ireland’s overall share to just over 32,500 for their three group stage games.
However this figure is still just a fraction of the amount demanded by fans of the Boys in Green, with 275,000 ticket requests received for games involving Ireland on the UEFA ticketing portal.
3,087 of the additional tickets will go towards Ireland’s Stade de France opener against Sweden.
1,095 extra Irish fans will be able to watch the meeting with World number one-ranked Belgium and a relatively large 2,320 have gone towards the final Group E game against Italy in Lille.
The total ticket numbers available to Irish fans will be:
CEO of the FAI John Delaney was “very happy” with the news, saying that the surplus was secured following meetings at Nyon, Switzerland last Friday.
“These tickets will go some way to satisfying the huge demand for Ireland matches at EURO 2016,” added Delaney.
UEFA will contact each applicant to inform them of the timeline expected for payments to be taken, while all applicants will be informed of their final status by February 29 at the latest.
The FAI has advised fans to ensure that sufficient funds are in their bank account to cover the payments.