DFC | Dundalk FC supporters snap up remaining tickets in less than half an hour

Capacity crowd of 3,000 at Oriel Park on Wednesday night

The hottest ticket in town. Dundalk FC v Rosenborg is a sell out

Oriel Park will be full to capacity when Dundalk host Norwegian side Rosenborg in Wednesday night’s Champions League Second Qualifying Round first-leg.

The club released 300 extra tickets for the game on Saturday morning but they were snapped up in less than half an hour.

All 3,000 seats will be occupied at the old ground and Lilywhites general manager Martin Connolly said that demand has very much outstripped supply for the fixture.

“I gauge the excitement for a game by the amount of requests I get for tickets,” he told Dundalk Sport on Monday morning.
“The game is sold out and the demand for tickets is on a par with anything we’ve done in the past three years.
“The weekend was a bit hectic,” he added. “On Saturday morning we sold 300 tickets in the space of 26 minutes and we still have people looking for some. That’s refreshing and it’s healthy to know that the demand is still there.”

Those who haven’t got a ticket will be able to watch the home game — and the second leg in Trondheim a week later — on RTE.

“They seem to be taking it seriously this year,” said Connolly. “They’re going with eight cameras when normally they only go with three or four so they’re putting a bit of work into their coverage.”

Around 110 Rosenborg supporters are expected to make the trip to Dundalk for the first leg. They will be situated in the away section of the main stand and will also be given 30 VIP seats.

The turnstiles open at 6.30pm with supporters urged to enter via the correct turnstiles. Connolly has also called on Dundalk supporters to get into the ground as early as possible.

“We want people to get in and create an atmosphere. We’ll have an improved PA system that we have for the European games and we want people to get in and be in their specified area well before kick-off.”

Dundalk were fined heavily by UEFA for a number of supporter breaches during their Europa League tie with Hajduk Split at Oriel Park in 2014 and Connolly said it was imperative that supporters obeyed the ground regulations.

“The problems that we’ve had in the past was down to the flags and down to people standing behind the goals. That is just not allowed.

“It’s the same with flares,” he added. “That’s just a no go and any money or benefits that we get from having the game at Oriel Park will be wiped out if there are any flares on show.”

This is Dundalk’s third year in succession playing in the Champions League but Connolly said it was still a magical feeling building up to European nights.

“When we went back into Europe three or four years ago we got really worried and there were things we’d panic about.
“Now we have a bit of experience dealing with it, we’re equipped to deal with things like the administration and off the field stuff but as a supporter it’s something that I love being a part of and there’s a different feel to it all. The only problem for us is that it really hammers home the lack of facilities.
“We keep laughing about it,” he added. “We compete in Europe but we’re the tie wrap kings of Europe because when it comes to this week, a lot of things will be held in place by tie wrap,” he laughed.
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