GAA on the defensive as ticket price fury escalates
THE GAA has defended a decision to charge a €25 top admission fee for Saturday's three lower-tier hurling finals in Croke Park.
The Lory Meagher (Fermanagh v Tyrone), Nicky Rackard (Armagh v Louth) and Christy Ring (Wicklow v London) deciders will be played in Croke Park at noon, 2.0 and 4.0 respectively, with stand tickets priced at €25 (adults), €15 (students and senior citizens) and €5 (U-16s).
Wicklow chairman Mick Hagan described the €25 admission charge as excessive, saying: "It should be cheaper. I hope it doesn't stop people from going. These are tough times for everybody."
However, GAA director of communications Lisa Clancy defended the pricing arrangement. "Supporters will get three finals, spread over nearly six hours, in what promises to be a great day's hurling," she said.
Admission costs are also an issue in the provinces, where the Munster Council yesterday issued reminders of a range of special deals and packages.
It follows criticism from Waterford selector Ken McGrath that €30 was far too expensive for a single stand ticket for his side's Munster semi-final clash with Clare in Thurles on Sunday week.
The Munster Council issued details of "attractive discounts which supporters can avail of, including packages specific to Clare and Cork supporters who wish to attend both of their counties' semi-finals in senior hurling and senior football in the coming weeks."
Meanwhile, patrons attending Sunday's Cork-Kerry Munster football semi-final will have to cope with severe traffic restrictions around Pairc Ui Chaoimh.