The highly anticipated Dublin Derby takes place tonight at Tallaght Stadium, with Shamrock Rovers calling the request “exceptional”.
The visit of arch-rival Bohemians will be the fifth time this season that Friday night’s game has exceeded 7,000 tickets sold. 7,500 fans are set to descend on Dublin 24, the same number that saw the champions win 1-0 the last time the two teams met in Tallaght. Season ticket sales at Rovers have doubled since 2018, and with a new wing to be completed next season, the club hopes to achieve sales of up to 10,000 games soon.
“We have a very healthy foundation of 3,500 season tickets, which has doubled since 2018,” said Mark Lynch, director of Shamrock Rovers.
“On average, our number has definitely gone up by about 30 per cent. That’s not necessarily because of Covid. It’s been on a steady increase anyway, but I think a lot of things have changed for people through the pandemic, attitudes, and a sense of belonging.”
“It’s €25 for the season ticket for kids too, €1.40 for a game. You can see going to Tallaght Stadium how young the fan base is. With that basis, match-by-game buyers have been coming in in droves. Another 2,000 seats coming in early 2023 would be fantastic. For us “.
In the numbers compiled by extratime.com, out of the 20 clubs in both divisions, 18 have seen an increase in fans compared to 2019. This is a great statistic and shows that the appetite for domestic football is thriving. Future Ticketing, which works with a handful of local clubs, expects a record 600,000 fans to attend Irish Premier League matches this year.
The vast majority of tickets are now bought online, Lynch says, with many supporters eager to secure one for fear of the game selling out. Also the home of the Irish women’s team and the men’s under-21 team, Tallaght Stadium will hopefully be used for concerts and other big events from next year as well. He adds that the match day experience and the location of Tallaght Stadium make it a prime stadium to watch live football in.
“The goal is to bring crowds of sell-outs to 10,000,” Lynch added.
“90 pieces of tickets are now sold online. Before Covid, online sales were less popular, compared to buying them from kiosks. There’s the idea that if you don’t get your ticket early you might not get it, it’s a very healthy situation to be in.”
“We have a great match day experience, and the stadium is a big part of that. We have to build on that and keep improving the catering, the retail, the atmosphere. It’s a very accessible stadium. There are dozens of buses and the Luas Red Line and it’s just outside the N81 which It gives it easy access to distant fans. It’s a great place to come and watch football, the stadium is great, and we have really talented players. It makes for a great spectacle.”