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Northern Ireland v Greece: 1500 extra tickets on sale but no big screen showing at Belfast City Hall

The highly anticipated Euro 2016 qualifier is on October 8

By Claire Williamson

It's an historic game for Northern Ireland - and if you have missed out on tickets you could still be in with a chance of seeing the highly anticipated Euro 2016 qualifier.

The Irish Football Association have announced today an additional 1500 tickets are to be made available to fans for the forthcoming game.

Capacity at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast has been reduced considerably for recent UEFA Euro 2016 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 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Greece on Thursday October 8.

However the football body have quashed hopes that the qualifier would be screened at the grounds of Belfast City Hall.

The Belfast Telegraph revealed earlier this month that the Irish Football Association chief Patrick Nelson wrote to Belfast City Council requesting that the Greek match be shown on the big screen.

However in a statement Mr Nelson said after consultation with commercial partners and Belfast City Council it "quickly became apparent that the costs involved in putting on such an event were prohibitive".

He 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 1500 extra tickets available for supporters to see the game live at the National Football Stadium.”

Last month’s home game against Hungary had an attendance of 10,200 - but the capacity has now risen to 11,700 for the upcoming Greece game.

Mr 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.”

HOW TO GET TICKETS

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 here

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.

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