FAI stand by United fixture decision as Vantage Club members have to pay to see first game
VANTAGE club ticket holders will have to pay to see Manchester United against the Airtricity League in the FAI's first fixture at the re-vamped Lansdowne Road on August 4.
But an FAI spokesman has confirmed that the United fixture was never a part of the package and that ticket holders were aware of this.
Alex Ferguson will bring his team to Dublin shortly after Manchester Unite complete their North-American pre-season tour for a fixture which should set the turnstiles spinning.
But anyone who bought an expensive 10-year ticket will have to stump up again if they want to take in the FAI's inaugural fixture. According to FAI spokesman Peter Sherrard, the Vantage Club ticket holders will be fully aware of the fact that only certain fixtures are covered by their investment.
"Vantage seat holders are being given first option to purchase tickets for the Manchester United game," said FAI spokesman Peter Sherrard.
"The Vantage Club covers all senior international games and all games of the 4 Associations' tournament. In year one at Aviva Stadium, this will include 12 games, the opening international game against Argentina, the three competitive UEFA Euro 2012 matches, two other friendly matches yet to be announced and all of the games of the 4 Association's tournament."
"It has always been clear to Vantage seat holders that they will have first option for club matches / club tournaments and all concerts," he added.
Slow sales of the Vantage club ticket packages have put extra pressure on the FAI's repayment plan for stadium borrowings and the game against Manchester United will be seen by them as a big bonus fixture and a chance to bank significant cash.