Herald readers snap up family tickets to Aviva
HERALD readers were celebrating today after snapping up value tickets to tomorrow night's sellout at the Aviva against Russia.
Queues of football fans gathered in central Dublin to get the family-of-four tickets for just €80.
The tickets were sold out within hours of becoming available in another Herald value promotion at Carrolls Irish Gift Store on Westmoreland Street.
The FAI/Herald promotion was aimed at giving families an opportunity to undergo the Aviva experience at a competitive game.
"We couldn't believe our luck. It's terrific value and me and my sons can't wait for Friday night," said dad and football fanatic John O'Leary from Dublin. "Thank you, the Herald. You've made our weekend," added reader, John.
Football fever was building ahead of Ireland's sellout crunch clash with Russia tomorrow night.
The Boys in Green will head to the Aviva Stadium for their biggest game since losing to France in Paris nearly a year ago.
And it will be the biggest match played in Dublin since we lost 1-0 to the French in the home leg of the World Cup qualifier, which was played at Croke Park.
A win for Giovanni Trapattoni's men will put them well on the road to qualifying for the Euro 2012 finals.
The FAI is making a push to ensure the 51,000-seater stadium is heaving for the game.
Adverts voiced by Jimmy Magee have been running on the country's national radio stations urging fans to play their part by attending the match.
It is expected only about 2,000 Russian supporters will be at the game -- and most of these are already living in Ireland.
Trap's players are anticipating crowd support will help them to overcome the Russians.
"I am sure it will be a sell-out," defender Sean St Ledger said.
Ireland will have to be wary of a Russian backlash after the team's 1-0 home defeat to Slovakia.
"We'll fight for the win, as only three points can help us take a big step on the path to the Euros," said Russian striker Alexander Kerzhakov.