Fans attending next season’s matches at the Aviva Stadium for the UEFA Nations League and then the Qualifiers for the Euro 2020 Championships will be able to buy alcohol after a change to UEFA regulations.
Up until now a ban on alcohol sales at all UEFA competitions has been in place though it was not so for the World Cup qualifiers.
Alcohol has been permitted in premium and corporate level facilities but not within the main areas of the ground where most fans are. It has always seemed an anomaly with bars open and doing a roaring trade for Ireland Rugby international but remaining shut for competitive soccer.
The relaxed restrictions mean that beer can be served in paper or plastic containers though not, as is the case with rugby, brought into the seating areas.
It remains to be seen whether there will be a restriction in terms of the brands sold with Heineken on board as an official partner of UEFA but Carlsberg holding the same role when it comes to the FAI.
The new rules will allow the sale of alcohol based on local licensing laws in countries across Europe.