Ireland could play their Six Nations opener against Wales in front of a full house as the government considers easing restrictions.
Capacities at sports events are currently limited to 5,000 due to the outbreak of the more transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant.
However, with cases in Ireland decreasing, the cabinet will meet on Friday to decide whether the government will start to lift restrictions.
Sport a priority
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan indicated that sporting events would be among the priority, particularly with much of the IRFU’s revenue coming from gate receipts.
“The position we’re in at the moment is a lot better than it looked a couple of weeks ago,” Ryan told RTE radio. “That it is going to give us the chance to start lifting restrictions quickly, in my mind very widely.
“I think we need to start bringing back some of our social life.”
Ireland play their first home game against Wales on February 5, while they also have matches against Italy and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium in 2022.