Only 8,000 All-Ireland tickets for Dublin fans

Frank Roche

COUNTLESS thousands of Dublin football fans are going to be left stranded outside Croke Park for the All-Ireland final against Kerry on September 18.

That is the stark warning today from the capital's county board, which is only expecting an initial allocation of 8,000 tickets for the Dubs' first September showdown in 16 years.

For those ticketless fans who are desperate and possess deep enough wallets, the alternative is going the ticket broker route - and even this is getting more expensive by the day.

At time of going to press, was offering tickets ranging in price from €400 for Hill 16 to €800 for a premium level seat. A prime seat in the lower Hogan or Cusack Stand will set you back €750.

Against this feverish backdrop, Dublin chairman Andy Kettle has warned that that there will be a "huge amount of disappointed genuine Dublin supporters".

Kettle explained: "At a league game you could have anything from 15,000 to 25,000 Dublin supporters and they rightly say they are entitled to a ticket if they go in the depths of winter.

"But the reality of the situation is that Dublin will probably get an allocation of around 8,000 tickets. It just doesn't work. The figures don't add up," he maintained.