FAI outline Euro 2012 options for supporters

An FAI Fan Sales Portal will be set up on www.uefa.com from December 12 until February 29, 2012 for fans wishing to purchase Euro 2012 tickets.

An FAI Fan Sales Portal will be set up on www.uefa.com from December 12 until February 29, 2012 for fans wishing to purchase Euro 2012 tickets.

Those entitled to apply for tickets through this portal will include:

* Supporters who have attended away matches during the EURO 2012 qualifying campaign.

* Vantage Club Members

* Current Season Ticket Holders (Season 2011/2012)

* Active Block Bookers

Clubs, leagues and affiliates who have a ticket allocation with the FAI will be contacted by the FAI separately.

In total there are more than 6,500 individuals in these groups and each person will be entitled to apply for a maximum of two tickets per person for each of the group stage matches involving the Republic of Ireland, as well as the knock-out stages of the tournament, should Ireland progress.

Supporters who are entitled to apply for tickets by falling into the categories above, will be contacted by the FAI during the week commencing December 5. They be provided with a password to log on to the FAI Fan Sales Portal on www.uefa.com.

Applicants will be given the option to apply for tickets for Quarter-Final, Semi-Final & Final tickets should Ireland qualify for these rounds. If Ireland are eliminated at any stage the applicant will be refunded the appropriate amount and their vouchers rendered invalid.

For those who do not fall into the above categories, there are three further options available:

* Booking packages through Abbey Travel, the FAI’s official travel partner, and licensed tour operator of UEFA EURO 2012.

* Book packages through Thomson Sport, the licensed travel partner of UEFA EURO 2012 the licensed tour operator of UEFA EURO 2012.

* Apply through the UEFA European Re-sale portal which redistributes tickets based on availability of returns.

The Republic of Ireland will open against Croatia in Poznań on June 10.

They will then travel to Gdańsk to play Spain on June 14, before going back to Poznań to face Italy on June 18.

Venue profiles:

Municipal Stadium, Gdansk. Capacity: 40,000

A city that has had several different rulers, Gdansk has played a big role in European history, not least as the birthplace of former Polish president Lech Walesa’s Solidarity movement. The Municipal Stadium, home of Lechia Gdansk, is another new venue striking in appearance and is close to the city’s waterfront.

Municipal Stadium, Poznan. Capacity: 40,000

The home of Lech Poznan, built in 1980, is being renovated ahead of the championship. A venue renowned for its atmosphere, it will be Poland’s biggest club ground when complete. Poznan itself, one of the country’s oldest cities, was once an island colony on the River Warta before spilling on to the mainland and becoming a major trade centre.

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