Over 2000 kids raised atmosphere in Tallaght Stadium

6 September 2022

Over 2000 kids raised atmosphere in Tallaght Stadium

The atmosphere in Tallaght Stadium on Thursday evening was truly memorable as over 2,000 kids voiced their support for the Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team.

Vera Pauw’s team took on Finland in their penultimate Group A qualifier, winning and securing a Play-Off spot for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

A record crowd was expected for the game with all tickets snapped up within 30 minutes of going on sale, while a significant portion of tickets were set aside specifically for kids through a Clubs / Schools inititative.

The FAI created an online portal for Grassroots clubs and schools, from around the country, to apply for tickets to the game without having to compete with the public sale. A record number of requests were received and over 2,000 tickets were distributed to 91 clubs and schools.

Ireland WNT captain Katie McCabe was excited to play in front of what was an excited crowd as she insists that the players feed off that positive energy.

“It is fantastic to have the game against Finland sold out and knowing that so many kids will be there makes it even better because they help to create an atmosphere that will give us an extra edge,”

“We have had some truly amazing nights in Tallaght Stadium, which is our home, and we hope that this game trumps them all. We would appeal to everyone with a ticket to come out to support the team and for the fans who do come to make as much noise as possible.”

“I can remember when I first went to see the Ireland team as a kid and being inspired to dream about becoming a professional player and pull on that green jersey. That is what we want for all of the kids, not just those who turn up to Tallaght Stadium but every kid around the country. We want them to dream big and to enjoy playing football.”

Ireland WNT captain Katie McCabe
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