“This way we can accommodate all of the Ports fans with tickets”

Shamrock Park
Shamrock Park

Portadown have special plans in place to give every supporter the chance for an Irish Cup final ticket.

The Irish Football Association confirmed yesterday (Thursday) that ticket distribution for the May 2 showpiece would revert back to Portadown and Glentoran.

The Ports have already announced a first sale period as tomorrow (Saturday) morning at Shamrock Park from 9-1.30. It is then planned to open the club shop every weekday evening from Monday for the next fortnight, plus all day during the final Danske Bank Premiership fixture next Saturday against Linfield.

“This way we can accommodate all of the Ports fans with tickets,” said Portadown club secretary Bill Emerson. “Originally, the plan was to put a system in place giving priority to our season ticket holders and the various supporters’ club orders.

“However, now Portadown have been given full control of the 3,000 allocation we can open up tickets to the full fanbase, starting on Saturday.

“We have received the first delivery of 1,500 tickets, including 500 concession, so they will be made available this weekend.

“The second batch is expected in time for weekday evenings next week from Monday and the same the following week, plus all day for the Linfield match.”

The Shamrock Park club shop will also open on additional nights for fans keen to add extra colour to the Irish Cup final.

“Another batch of special replica shirts to celebrate the Irish Cup final arrived this week so will be on sale alongside tickets,” said Emerson. “We also have a wide range of memorabilia to mark the big game.

“This includes tee-shirts, scarves and hats.”

Tickets will cost £15 (seated), £12 (terracing) and £8 (concession). The allocation is divided as 1,700 seating and 1.300 terracing for The Oval.