Dundalk’s UEFA Champions League qualifier set for Aviva Stadium

The Football Association of Ireland has arranged for Dundalk FC to play their UEFA Champions League Play-Off Round qualifier at the Aviva Stadium.

The FAI will provide the SSE Airtricity League club with administrational and operational assistance, in the running of the game, to cater for the club’s needs, at no financial benefit to the FAI.

The Association has begun a process of communication around the game with Dundalk, which includes the scheduling of domestic fixtures.

Dundalk manager, Stephen Kenny, praised the FAI for their help in the build-up to their recent UEFA Champions League qualifiers and for their commitment of assistance around the next game at Aviva Stadium.

“The flexibility that the FAI have showed around League fixtures amongst the four clubs involved in Europe has helped the players recover adequately and that is important strategically when trying to reach your optimum level,” said Kenny.

“We’re delighted that our next game will be at the Aviva Stadium. The players want to play on the biggest stage and in the national stadium. What we dream of in this League to play in the Aviva Stadium and to have it full – that does not happen very often.”

The Lilywhites will discover their next opponents in today’s draw with the two-legged tie to be played later this month. The first leg will be played on either August 16 or 17 and the second leg on August 23 or 24.

FAI Director of Competitions Fran Gavin said it was important that everything that the club needed from a venue perspective was in place to help Dundalk prepare for one of the biggest occasions in its history.

“Dundalk’s achievement in reaching the UEFA Champions League Play-Off Round should not be underestimated and they deserve tremendous credit for how they have conducted themselves on and off the pitch,” said Gavin.

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