Irish Cup Final: Everything fans need to know ahead of Windsor Park showpiece

Photo showing Irish Cup trophy
The Irish Cup Final takes place on Saturday -Credit:Irish FA

Cliftonville and Linfield will collide in a massive Irish Cup Final on Saturday afternoon. Windsor Park will once again be the venue for the 2024 showpiece decider.

The game is already a sell-out, with more than 15,000 supporters expected to attend the fixture, which kicks off at 2.30pm.

With such a big crowd descending on the international stadium, thew Irish FA and PSNI have issued several pieces of advice for fans coming to the game, with some traffic disruption expected and potential delays in South Belfast.

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It promises to be a special occasion as the Reds and Blues go for Irish Cup glory.

Here is more info on the game and some advisory notes for supporters.

When and where is the game?

The Irish Cup Final is being played at Windsor Park on Saturday afternoon, May 4.

What time is kick-off?

The game kicks off at 2.30pm.

Are there any tickets?

No, both clubs have sold their allocation of tickets, with a bumper crowd of over 15,000 expected at Windsor.

Is the game on TV?

Yes, the game is being shown live on the BBC, and will be streamed on the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport NI website.

Any other coverage?

Yes, Belfast Live will bring you all the build-up, action and reaction from Windsor Park in our matchday blog.

Travelling to the game

The PSNI points out that the Boucher Road is a thriving commercial area and will be busy with members of the public frequenting the area. Supporters and shoppers are advised to plan their journey in advance, ensuring they leave sufficient travel time as congestion is likely in the area. A build-up of traffic is expected in the M1, Donegall Road and, in particular, the Boucher Road areas both before and after the game.


The PSNI asks that those driving to the match park with consideration for local residents and businesses, and that supporters are respectful and considerate whilst walking through residential streets close to the stadium.

Supporter buses

Police would ask that all Cliftonville private coaches/minibuses bringing supporters to the match leave the motorway at Stockman’s Lane and travel towards the Boucher Road from this direction. Police would advise private coaches to park up in the general area of Apollo Road. Coaches will not be allowed to park up on Boucher Road convenient to the ground. Coaches should park on one side of the street only, with no double parking. There is space for coach parking in this area. Coaches must not block business entrances; 24-hour access is required by the majority of businesses in this area.

After the match coaches should then leave Apollo Road and travel towards Stockman’s Lane. No coaches will be permitted to travel towards the direction of Glenmachan Street or the National Stadium. Coaches should not permit passengers to disembark on the Boucher Road convenient to the stadium as this causes potential public safety issues and can cause a backlog of traffic in all directions.

Linfield supporters’ coaches and private coaches should use the streets off Lisburn Road to drop off and collect passengers. No coaches will be permitted to travel towards the direction of Donegall Avenue as it will not be accessible for supporters’ coaches.

'No Street Drinking'

The areas around the National Stadium are ‘No Street Drinking’ zones under Belfast City Council bye-laws - and these bye-laws should be complied with at all times. The PSNI hopes that the match is enjoyed by all and would remind those attending to behave in a manner befitting the reputation of their clubs.

Entering the stadium

Those supporting Linfield should enter the stadium via Donegall Avenue and those supporting Cliftonville should enter via Boucher Road. All supporters are subject to ticket checks and may be searched prior to entry. All bags are subject to search and no bags larger than A4-size are permitted. Please note Under-14s must always be accompanied by an adult during the event.

Entry time

Gates to the stadium will open at 1pm ahead of the 2.30pm kick-off. Supporters should arrive at the ground early. There will be no admission to the stadium before the designated opening time.

Downloading/printing tickets

All tickets for the game should be accessed and either downloaded or printed ahead of arriving at the stadium. Please note tickets can now be accessed in accounts.

Seating in the stadium

All supporters must sit in the seat allocated on their match ticket. Tickets will feature the seating area, row number and seat number. Supporters should check their ticket information before approaching the turnstiles and follow the directions of the stewards when entering the stadium bowl.

Supporters’ behaviour

There are strict rules regarding the behaviour of supporters in and around the stadium. Supporters should familiarise themselves with The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park’s terms and conditions relating to admission. These and other relevant information can be accessed here. The regulations include a list of prohibited items, such as pyrotechnics. Any articles that could potentially be used as a weapon and/or compromise public safety are strictly prohibited. In order to ensure the security, safety and comfort of all patrons, the Irish Football Association reserves the right at its reasonable discretion to refuse admission to, or to eject anyone from, the venue without compensation or refund.

Food and drink

Beverages (including alcohol) and food will be available at kiosks within the stadium. All stadium kiosks are cashless.


Cliftonville will be operating a merchandise shop in a mobile unit at the stadium (North-West Quadrant) on Saturday, while the Linfield club shop in the stadium’s East Stand will also be open ahead of the game. The shops will open at 1pm when gates open.


Matchday programmes will be available, priced at £5 each (cash only).


Supporters should regularly check Irish FA channels for any further updates.

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