Thursday 27 April 2017

Hurling fans furious over Munster final ticket blunder

A sign informs patrons that no tickets are available at Páirc Ui Chaoimh, Cork
A sign informs patrons that no tickets are available at Páirc Ui Chaoimh, Cork
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

RED-FACED GAA officials have distanced themselves from the ticketing cock-up that infuriated supporters yesterday as they tried to buy the extra tickets that came on stream for the Munster hurling final.

The gloss was taken off Pairc Ui Chaoimh's belatedly bumped-up capacity – improved by 4,500 to 36,646 – when the sales system of the commercial company that distributes tickets for the GAA collapsed several times, leaving frustrated supporters queuing up for hours at Centra and Supervalu shops and online.

Munster Council stressed the problem had nothing to do with it, pointing out that the error occurred "due to a technical issue with the GAA's ticketing partner" issued a statement "apologising for any inconvenience caused to Munster GAA customers who were delayed in purchasing tickets."

The company said it "encountered a technical problem."

Despite the problems all tickets have now been snapped up for the sellout Limerick v Cork clash.

The decision to play it in Pairc Ui Chaoimh, in the Cork stadium's last game before it is flattened and redeveloped as a new 45,000 venue, has caused controversy due to its limited capacity. It was originally 32,168, but bumped up to over 36,000 yesterday after an undertaking to make some alterations this week.

Irish Independent

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