Derry City director Denis Bradley has confirmed that the club will offer free entry to supporters attending their rescheduled SSE Airtricity Premier Division fixture with Limerick.
The initial game was abandoned due to floodlight failure on Friday, March 4, and the club has decided to compensate fans by allowing free entry to the new date of Tuesday, March 21.
Club director Denis Bradley confirms that it will be free admission for the rescheduled fixture between Derry City and Limerick on Mar 21.
— Eric White (@ericwhite80) March 6, 2017
BBC Radio Foyle reporter Eric White initially tweeted the news, but it was not universally well-received as some fans complained about the demand at temporary Derry home Maginn Park, as well as the fact that others had paid for the initial date but now could not attend the new one.
The club later released a statement confirming free admission and thanking Limerick for their support.
“It was unfortunate that the floodlights failed on last Friday night at Maginn Park and that the match had to be abandoned. The weather was foul but the pitch itself and the standard of football from both teams was of a high standard.
“It was also very pleasing that the match was played in front of such a large crowd and in a very positive atmosphere. We want to thank our supporters for the manner in which thy responded to the abandonment of the match and their appreciation of the limited facilities of Maginn.
“Our supporters will want to be assured that while lighting of the facility is not our prerogative or responsibility, the appropriate authorities had examined and assured the Club that the floodlights were up to appropriate standards.
“The club is also aware that there were a number of small seating and visibilities issues on the night.
“These were mostly down to teething problems and every effort will be made to improve and eradicate as many of these as is possible.
“Thanks to Limerick FC. for their magnanimity.
“Their courtesy and understanding could not have been greater. We also want to thank the people of Buncrana for their warm welcome.
“The Club has decided that admission to the return game will be free.”