Rovers get go ahead to play Europa games at Tallaght


UEFA last night confirmed permission for Shamrock Rovers to play their Europa League group stage games at Tallaght Stadium, writes PAUL BUTTNER.

Russian side Rubin Kazan will be the first visitors to Dublin 24 next Thursday night. PAOK Salonika will travel to the venue on November 3rd, while English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur visit on December 15th. All Shamrock Rovers’ home games in Group A will have a 6pm kick-off.

“It is wonderful news for us as a club, but also for the Tallaght area,” said a delighted Rovers chairman Jonathan Roche. “We were pushing hard to have the games played at Tallaght, and are delighted Uefa have given us the go-ahead.

“We are very grateful to the FAI – particularly chief executive John Delaney and the licensing department – and to South Dublin County Council for the great support and assistance they have given us to be able to have these games in Tallaght.”

Rovers have installed an additional stand containing 2,500 seats at the car park end of the ground to bring the capacity up to 8,600. The club plans to put in additional seating following the Rubin Kazan game.

“We are delighted to have been able to assist in this process and thank Uefa for this decision which will allow Shamrock Rovers to play their Europa League fixtures at their home venue,” said Delaney.