HUNDREDS of soccer fans queued up at the Markets Field this lunchtime to get their hands on tickets for Limerick FC’s crunch relegation playoff with Finn Harps this evening.
Tickets for the tie only arrived at the stadium in the last hour - travelling by garda escort from the An Post mail centre in the Dock Road.
But Super Blues fans started arriving at the stadium long before this, with queues snaking from the entrance to the stadium, back around the Garryowen Road and towards Mulgrave Street. There was also gridlock with cars taking up all available spaces. As the tickets arrived at the stadium, a huge cheer erupted in the crowd.
The Markets Field is on course for a sell-out as Limerick take on the Donegal outfit in a bid to remain at the top level. Annacotty man John McInerney had waited in the queue for one hour before the tickets arrived.
He said: “I am coming here for the last 20 years. It is great to see this turnout, especially here at the Market’s Field. At the start of August, it was hard to see this happening. But they kept it going and they got there.”
Mike Wilson from the city predicted “a two or three nil win” for Limerick tonight.
“It looks like it is going to be a sell out. I have not seen a big queue like this for a long time,” he said.
Sarah Mitchell from Raheen has been attending every Limerick home game this season since their early games at Jackman Park.
She said: “It is great to see such a progress in the club. I always had a belief. There was something in the team, which never really clicked. But finally it clicked and here we are today!”
But for Stevie Brosnahan, who lives at nearby Rossa Avenue, it was a first visit to the new-look Market’s Field.
He said: “It is great to get my hands on a ticket. I was under pressure from my grandsons to buy a ticket. It is just like old times here.”
Limerick hauled themselves off the bottom of the Airtricity Premier Division on Friday night with a 3-2 win away to Sligo Rovers. Now, they face a two-legged relegation playoff against Finn Harps, with the first leg kicking off at 7.45pm tonight.