Fans slam GAA over €1,000 hike in 10-year All-Ireland ticket deal
Published 03/09/2016 | 02:30
Veteran GAA fans claim that Croke Park is trying to reclaim blocks of tickets earmarked for multi-year deals through price hikes.
The claim came as it emerged that 10-year All-Ireland ticket packages have soared from €2,500 each to €3,500 for the next decade. That amounts to €175 per All-Ireland ticket over the 10-year period involved, up from €125.
It follows an increase in ordinary GAA season ticket prices over the past three years. An ordinary GAA season ticket now costs €99 for an adult - up from €75 for an 'early bird' ticket three years ago.
The ordinary season ticket covers all your county's national league matches, plus league semi-finals, play-offs and finals in your chosen code. It also includes the opening-round championship match.
However, veteran fans are worried at being priced out of the 10-year ticket packages.
One fan, who did not wish to be identified, admitted he was distraught at having to end his 20-year ticket deal.
"Part of me is heartbroken at having to let the package go, but on a point of principle, I just wouldn't pay that kind of money," the fan said.
A GAA ticketing executive could not be contacted for comment. However, GAA officials defended the season ticket and multi-year packages as still offering great value compared with comparable major sporting deals in the UK, Europe and US.
A source dismissed suggestions that there would be any reduction in the overall number of Croke Park seats available for multi-year packages.