Good news for NI fans who block book

THERE was good news for the district’s Northern Ireland fans after the Irish FA announced a reduction in cost for the Block Booking scheme for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Campaign.

The cost of attending Northern Ireland home matches has been reduced by 7.5% for this campaign. The actual cost of six full price tickets will be £185 but the Irish FA is rewarding their block bookers by offering a reduction of £25.

Block Bookers will be able to pay this in two equal staged payments of £80, one on application and the second before the end of January 2013.

The Association will also be expanding the family enclosure in the lower deck of the North Stand for adults and children if under 16, with those currently holding seats in the North Stand Lower Deck Blocks E, G, K and M and having no accompanying children being relocated to other areas of the stadium, subject to availability.

The scheme covers one international friendly (Finland - 15 August) and five World Cup Qualifiers. Current Block Bookers will have the opportunity to purchase their existing seats once the renewal process begins. The Association will be in contact with existing Block Bookers in due course with regards their block booking renewal.

Irish FA Chief Executive, Patrick Nelson said: “The Association is pleased to announce a reduction in the cost of the Block Booking scheme for the upcoming campaign; discussions have been on-going with the Amalgamation of Official Northern Ireland Supporters Clubs and we have taken on-board the feedback from the fans.

“Block bookers are at the heart of Northern Ireland football; their passion and vocal support is what makes the Windsor Park atmosphere famous across the world.”

Any tickets unsold after existing Block Bookers first option, will be placed on sale for new Block Bookers.