Dublin and Mayo cashing in on final ticket incentives and some fans are not impressed
Dublin and Mayo are both cashing in on the demand for tickets for Sunday's All-Ireland football final in a way that has led to disgruntlement among elements of both support.
Dublin GAA are holding a match preview breakfast on Thursday morning at which a table of 10 will cost €2,500. But for that price, the opportunity to purchase 10 All-Ireland final and 10 ladies final tickets at face value (€1,000) has been added as an extra incentive, in addition to a signed jersey and gift at the Ballsbridge Hotel event.
The event is being openly advertised with the carrot of that ticket bundle purchase attached but while it has attracted the attention of Croke Park the practice can't be stopped as the tickets are being sold at face value.
Mayo GAA are offering clubs an opportunity to buy 20 extra tickets, on top of their basic allocation (100 for a senior club, 80 for an intermediate club and 60 for a junior club) provided they make a €1,000 contribution to the team training fund.
Many are taking up that offer but some, especially junior clubs, feel they are being put in an impossible position with the allocation they are being given and would have to pass on the cost to those purchasing tickets.
One junior club has estimated that two 20 ticket 'top-ups' would lead to a €20 mark-up on every ticket they put through their hands.
But as the contribution is deemed optional Mayo are able to sidestep any potential challenge at central level.
Dublin and Mayo forked out the most money in 2016 for the preparation of inter-county teams, spending €3.1m between them so their need to generate additional funding is greatest.
Meanwhile, Rory Gallagher has been confirmed as Fermanagh football manager, succeeding Peter McGrath in the post.
Gallagher, who quit his Donegal role after three years at the end of July, will have former Tyrone defender Ryan McMenamin as his assistant.
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