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Venue confirmed! Derry City will play their Europa League games in Sligo

The Candystripes have found their new home for European football this summer.

A general view of the Showgrounds.
A general view of the Showgrounds.
Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

DERRY CITY HAVE confirmed that they will play their Europa League qualifiers at Sligo Rovers’ Showgrounds.

It had been reported previously that Kenny Shiels’ side had been priced out of the move, but Sligo have since substantially reduced the fee for use of its facilities, according to the Derry Journal.

Dundalk’s Oriel Park was set to host the fixtures following news that the price tag was too much, but an agreement has since been reached.

The club currently play their home league matches at Maginn Park in Donegal, with the Brandywell — where they traditionally play — being redeveloped at the minute.

While the work is understood to be ahead of schedule, the stadium will not be ready to host Derry’s European opener on 29 June.

Following last season’s third place finish, Derry City are set to play European football for the first time since the 2014 campaign.

The draw for the first and second qualifying rounds of the Europa League will take place on Monday 19 June.

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