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'All Roscommon games will now be pre-sold, starting with this weekend’s Kepak hurling championship.' (stock photo)

'All Roscommon games will now be pre-sold, starting with this weekend’s Kepak hurling championship.' (stock photo)

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'All Roscommon games will now be pre-sold, starting with this weekend’s Kepak hurling championship.' (stock photo)

Roscommon has become the latest county to enter into an arrangement with a ticket company to provide access for their club championship games which start next weekend.

The GAA has recommended that games are accessible by ticket only because of the capacity of 500 under State regulations from next Monday. This weekend, the capacity will be at 200.

All Roscommon games will now be pre-sold, starting with this weekend's Kepak hurling championship.

To purchase a ticket, people should go to the Roscommon GAA website and click on the 'buy match tickets' link. The purchaser will be guided to the relevant page to fill details, pay for tickets and receive them by email.

On match day, tickets from mobile phones or printouts will be scanned using high-tech laser mobile scanners at each venue in order to ensure that full contact tracing information for all attendees will be available to statutory authorities.

Guidelines Roscommon chairman Seamus Sweeney welcomed the agreement. "There will be less cash involved in our activities. We will be able to manage numbers at our games as per Government guidelines. In addition, we will be able to provide a record of the attendance at our games to allow for contact tracing if required and it also helps to protect our volunteer staff on gate duties."

Cavan has signed up with Clubspot.app, an app devised by local man John Hyland which allows patrons to purchase tickets and have them delivered to a digital wallet on their mobile phone within 30 seconds.

Clubspot.app, which has former rugby player Bernard Jackman as an investor, has partnered with Tixserve, the ticketing service used by the English RFU, to develop a complete management platform for clubs that includes a ticketing purchase option for specific games.

Last week Tipperary GAA also revealed that they have entered an agreement with Tullamore-based Future Ticketing to provide a ticket service that allows them to avoid using cash transactions.

Priority will be given to the participating clubs and season ticket holders with any unsold tickets going on sale publicly on the Tipperary GAA website every Thursday.

Participating clubs will receive an allocation of 40 complimentary tickets for the team and management, while a further 110 tickets will be available for club members to purchase online or directly from the club secretary.

County season, Croke Park club and concession pass holders will have a 24-hour window after that to make ticket purchases.

The onset of Covid-19 has brought Clubspot.app’s plans forward and with developments in other counties is fast-tracking the digital purchase of club tickets which will provide boards with many benefits from control of money to less dependency on volunteers to man gates.

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Executive is this week expected to relax coronavirus restrictions on attendances for outdoor activities in time for the resumption of GAA club action from Friday.

However, some contention awaits as they are working off the assumption that for games played right up until the end of August – which is around the launch of club championship time – there will be no more than 500 permitted inside venues, inclusive of teams, management and all the event organisers.

Irish Independent