Sunday 21 January 2018

Why have Wexford been given just 2,000 tickets for All-Ireland quarter-final?

Wexford have called for their All-Ireland hurling quarter-final with limerick to be played at Croke Park
Wexford have called for their All-Ireland hurling quarter-final with limerick to be played at Croke Park
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

The Wexford County Board are unhappy with their ticket allocation for this weekend’s All-Ireland hurling quarter-final with Limerick, but why have they been given just 2,000 stand tickets?

The Model County County take on the Munster finalists Limerick at 2pm in Semple Stadium followed by the meeting of Tipperary and Dublin at 4pm and while interest in the county has rocketed following victories over Munster pair Clare and Waterford, many of their supporters will be left disappointed by the paltry allocation.

Wexford have requested that the game be switched to Croke Park to cater for the huge interest, a request that seems unlikely at this stage to be granted.

More than 17,00 supporters filled Wexford Park for the epic replay with Clare, the majority supporting the home team, County Board chairman Diarmuid Devereux has said they have received requests for between 4,500 to 5,000 stand tickets.

Semple Stadium has a capacity of 53,500 and 22,000 seats, but the crux of the problem is that tickets went on general sale last week, before Wexford beat Waterford, meaning their fans have had less time to buy tickets.

Many more have since been sold online and at ticket outlets throughout the country.

“There is an empty stadium up the road that can give everybody a seat who wants to buy a seat. If you want to buy a seat you can buy a seat in Croke Park for €30,” Devereux said.

"I just don't understand the logic. Why make 20,000 people stand when there is no need for it. They're not patrons, they're customers," Devereux pointed out.

The cancellation of the Garth Brooks concerts frees up the venue this weekend and while Thurles has been used as the quarter-final venue in recent years, Wexford believe that the Association should cater to the demand for tickets.

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