Wednesday 20 September 2017

GAA cancel a number of Dublin-Tyrone tickets in response to ticket touts

A general view of a ticket sign outside the grounds before the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Laois and Kildare at O'Connor Park, in Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
A general view of a ticket sign outside the grounds before the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Laois and Kildare at O'Connor Park, in Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Jack O'Toole

The GAA have cancelled a number of tickets ahead of next weekend's All-Ireland SFC semi-final between Dublin and Tyrone.

Tickets for the highly anticipated semi-final went on sale at 10am on Wednesday and sold out in less than five minutes. Official ticket prices ranged between €30-€45 for adults, however, on resale markets such as Seatwave and Viagogo, tickets were being sold for as much as €207.

In response, the GAA moved to cancel a number of tickets on Thursday and said that they have made contact with resellers to try and remove tickets that are being sold above face value.

A GAA statement read:

“The GAA can confirm that is has cancelled a number of tickets for the upcoming GAA Football semi-final meeting of Dublin and Tyrone on August 27,” a statement released today by the Association read.

“Requests have also been made directly to platforms selling tickets above face value to remove them from sale and the situation continues to be monitored by the GAA’s ticket office.

"Supporters and members are urged not to buy tickets from unofficial sources for above face value as they risk purchasing tickets that may be cancelled.”

The GAA have said that the number of cancelled tickets are in the double digit range, however, the association refused to place an official figure on the number of cancelled tickets.

 Fine Gael TD Noel Rock, who proposed a Private Members’ Bill last year outlawing ticket touting, welcomed the GAA's decision and said that he was disgusted to see tickets going on offer far above face value.

“I applaud the GAA for cancelling a number of tickets purchased for the Dublin v Tyrone All Ireland Semi Final," said Rock.

"The tickets in question had appeared on ticket resale sites for up to five times their face value.

"I am glad to see the GAA’s proactive stance in the battle against ticket touts. Like every fan, I was disgusted to see tickets going on offer far above face value yesterday - only hours after they had gone on sale.

“It's quite clear that we need stricter rules and regulations in place, and I am glad to see the GAA playing their part.”

"It’s true to say that this problem has gotten worse and worse, with more formalised systematic touting taking place than ever before. This is pricing real fans out of games and concerts which isn't fair. That's why I have put legislation forward to bring an end to this.”

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