Monday 24 April 2017

All-Ireland replay tickets are selling for eight times face value

Andy Moran of Mayo in action against Jonny Cooper of Dublin in the final on September 18. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Andy Moran of Mayo in action against Jonny Cooper of Dublin in the final on September 18. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Ryan Nugent

Tickets for this weekend's crunch All-Ireland final replay are being advertised online for more than eight times their original price.

The cost of match tickets for the clash between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park were cut by the GAA after the drawn game.

Stand tickets were reduced to €60, with all tickets distributed to clubs and county boards across the country.

None of the tickets were made available for general sale.

However, stand tickets for the match are now being advertised for up to €500 on a well-known online ticketing site.

Needaticket.ie is offering seats in the Hogan and Cusack Lower Stands for €500, while tickets for the upper tiers of both of these stands come at a cost of €400.

If supporters wish to purchase seats behind the goal in the Davin Stand it will cost them €325.

Needaticket.ie were contacted by the Irish Independent in relation to the advertisements, but did not wish to comment on the situation.

However, a section on their website did explain that tickets are sold above face value in respect of the effort and cost involved in acquiring tickets for events such as the final.

"We specialise in obtaining exclusive and 'impossible to get' tickets for sold-out shows, concerts and sporting events," the site said.

"Please note that you are often purchasing tickets above face value.

"This price includes charges reflecting our costs and efforts in obtaining your premium seats.

"Please be aware that the ticket market is a very volatile and fluctuating market, and therefore ticket prices may vary at different points in time."

As the race heats up ahead of Saturday evening's replay, Dublin supporters fear they may be outnumbered by Mayo supporters at GAA headquarters for the second game in succession.

Barry Fennell of the 'Hill 16 Army' told the Irish Independent that the proportion of Mayo supporters outweighed Dubs by two to one at Croke Park on September 18.

He said that too many of the tickets which are not allocated to either of the competing counties are ending up in the hands of Mayo supporters - despite Dublin attracting the largest crowds in every other game during the Championship.

The GAA were contacted but did not respond to queries at the time of going to print.

Irish Independent

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