Sligo Rovers have given the venue a boost for the Euro qualifiers against Viking


Sligo Rovers will host Viking FK at Showgrounds in the second leg of their Europa Conference League third qualifying round, a huge boost for the club.

There had been speculation that Sligo would have to play their ‘home’ game at Dublin’s Tallaght Stadium in order to meet UEFA’s stadium requirements.

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However, the club have confirmed they have been given the green light by UEFA to use the Showgrounds for their huge European qualifier.

July 28, 2022; Sligo Rovers players and supporters celebrate their side’s first goal scored by Shane Blaney in the 2022/23 UEFA Europa Conference League second qualifying round first leg match between Sligo Rovers and Motherwell at Sligo Showgrounds. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

“The club have worked tirelessly since the final whistle last night to secure the game here in front of our home fans and this has now been confirmed by UEFA,” a club statement read.

“There was a possibility of having to stage the game at the Tallaght Stadium in Dublin, but that now means European football will once again be back here in Sligo.”

“We would like to thank UEFA for their help and in particular our association, the FAI.

UEFA Conference League First Qualifying Round First Leg, Park Hall-Oswestry, Wales 7/7/2022 Bala FC vs Sligo Rovers Sligo Rovers fans celebrate Max Mata scoring their second goal as he celebrates with his team mates. Photo: INPHO/Robbie Stephenson

“There are a number of additional measures needed to help speed up the pitch, but there will be no temporary stand and the capacity will remain about the same as our game with Motherwell on Thursday night.

“The club will now work to put all these measures in place before the match.”

However, St Patrick’s Athletic will have to stage their second leg against CSKA at Tallaght Stadium as Richmond Park does not meet UEFA Tier Three stadium requirements.

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