Chairman Ciaran Bond is hopeful that Dundalk could have up to 700 fans cheering them on in Sunday’s FAI Cup semi-final against Drogheda United at Hunky Dory’s Park.
Speaking on Friday night, Bond stated that the club had 500 tickets in their possession but were hopeful of getting up to 200 more in the coming days.
“We have 500 at the minute and we’re expecting to get another 100. We have 594 season ticket holders and we’re offering them one ticket per holder. That basically sells that allocation out”, he explained.
“We have no seats allocated in the main stand yet so we’d expect another 100 in that area”, he continued. “That will go to the likes of sponsors and club volunteers.
“Thereafter it’s basically what we can get, over and above the 600. We are hoping that we can get up to 800. If we get that we’d be delighted but that is being very, very optimistic. I think if we can get 700, we’ll be doing very well.”
The capacity at Hunky Dory’s Park is restricted to hold just 2,400 people, meaning that hundreds of Dundalk supporters will be left without a ticket for the derby semi-final.
The club took 1,500 fans to Inchicore for their last league game and, with this in mind, discussions took place between both clubs regarding the inadequate capacity.
Options put on the table by Dundalk included switching the game to Oriel Park and Dundalk fans taking the home section of Hunky Dory’s Park. Both were refused by the Boynesiders.
“You can understand it”, said Bond. “If it was the other way around and they asked us to give them the Shed at Oriel Park then we would be reluctant to do so.
“The problem is that Drogheda United are restricted to just 2,400 fans in the ground and if they don’t sell their proportion of the tickets then our supporters would have to go in and mix with theirs.
“It’s in Drogheda’s interest financially to sell as many tickets as possible and it would be a big pity if we only had 600 tickets and the ground was three quarters empty. It wouldn’t look good for anybody.”
Bond admitted that the club would not be able to satisfy demand but he pleaded with Dundalk supporters not to travel to Drogheda without a match ticket.
“Fans without a ticket won’t get in”, he stated. “It is as simple as that.
“If you are coming from the Dundalk end of the ground you will be marshalled directly into the away side of Hunky Dory’s Park. You won’t pass those barriers without a ticket.
“We’d encourage people to watch it on television in Oriel Park”, he added. “The Lilywhite Lounge and the Enda McGuill bar will be open from 12.30pm that day.”