FAI forced to use Thomond Park and RDS for Euro 2020 if Ireland qualify – The Irish Sun
THE FAI will be forced to use Thomond Park or the RDS for warm-up matches if they reach Euro 2020.
Uefa have KO’d the cash-strapped association’s plans to stage a pair of money-spinning friendlies at the Aviva Stadium in June.
Dublin is one of 12 cities hosting the showpiece and the FAI must surrender their venue in advance.
A Uefa spokesperson said: “The official handover of the stadium to Uefa is May 15.” The FAI would not receive a cut of the ticket revenue for the two group Euro matches they have home advantage for.
Ireland are set to meet Poland on June 15 and Sweden four days later if they qualify.
Alternatively, should Ireland crash out of the play-offs in March, the tenure of new boss Stephen Kenny will begin away from the national stadium. Munster Rugby’s Thomond Park holds just 25,500 and the RDS 16,500.
Each of the landlords would demand a meaty rental fee too.
Given the last game at Lansdowne was November’s concluding Euro qualifier against Denmark, it will be 10 months before the FAI can grab a payday from their home.
The FAI’s first official game of 2020 at the arena will be a Uefa Nations League fixture in September.
Both Thomond and the RDS were used as alternative stadia by the FAI during the construction phase.