Republic of Ireland

The Nations Cup and the empty seats

I was at the Aviva Stadium twice this week. On Tuesday I went to see Republic of Ireland take on Wales and on Wednesday was Scotland’s turn as they faced Northern Irland as all four teams kicked off the first ever Nations Cup. You may have noticed one thing during Ireland’s game in their home stadium – the thousands upon thousands of empty seats.

The fact that only 19,783 people bothered turning up must be of some concern to the FAI. There was no atmosphere inside or outside the stadium. This wasn’t the case with Wednesday’s clash. Despite the rain both sets of supporters were in full voice – yet there was slightly less with only 18,742 people in the stadium that evening. The tournament continues in May and the ticket prices would, in my opinion, need to be reviewed if the FAI would like to surpass the 30,000 spectators mark for the remaining fixtures – especially since the ground holds almost twice that. I can’t imagine them doing so without cutting ticket prices. I took this picture only 30 minutes prior to kick off on Tuesday – as you can see the place wasn’t exactly booming.

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The good news is that we did win 3-0. Hopefully we can do the same against Macedonia next month is the Euro 2012 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Hopefully there’ll be more people that night too.