The FAI and Bohemian’s have confirmed that 6,000 supporters will attend the UEFA Europa Conference League first qualifying round tie with Stjarnan FC of Iceland at the Aviva Stadium
This will be the largest capacity at a sporting event since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic taking place on Thursday, July 15th and is part of the government’s test event programme.
Spectator numbers at all Irish football grounds will increase from Saturday, July 3rd in line with stadium capacity.
Longford Town have been given the green light to admit 500 fans for Saturday’s SSE Airtricity Premier Division fixture against Sligo Rovers.
All SSE Airtricity Premier & First Division and Women's National League fixtures from Saturday, July 3rd will now be able to host 200 supporters, with 500 in attendance at stadiums whose capacity is greater than 5,000.
Those stadiums are Bishopsgate, Tallaght Stadium, Turners Cross, Richmond Park and the Regional Sports Centre.
“This is another step forward in our Return to Watch programme and we welcome the confirmation that 6,000 fans can attend the Bohemians versus Stjarnan game in the new UEFA Europa Conference League, the biggest crowd at an Irish football game since the pandemic began” said FAI CEO Jonathan Hill.
"This is a major boost as we look to get supporters back to League of Ireland and Women’s National League football at pre-pandemic levels and the addition of the Aviva Stadium as a test venue is significant as we look to get our fans back into the ground for the big World Cup games in September.”