GAA offer more family tickets after computer says no to double Dubs deal
LEINSTER Council have refused Dublin's request to do a special ticket deal for their supporters due to the double demands on their pockets after reaching both Leinster senior finals.
But more family tickets will be made available in Croke Park over the next two weekends to give some relief to their cash-strapped fans.
Dublin officials immediately pleaded for some cut-price tickets after last weekend's double success. They argued that their supporters were a special case because they are always Leinster's biggest money-spinners.
And they also pointed out that Dublin's hurling fans have already shelled out a lot this summer because both of their championship games so far went to replays.
Leinster Council did investigate the possibility but ruled out changing their original pricing structure (€35 for stands) because it will cause havoc with their computerised ticketing system, which had already seen a run of sales for both deciders.
Leinster also pointed out that there is already a wide range of ticket discounts in place to help defray costs.
Dublin's hurlers are first out of the traps in Sunday's Leinster final against Galway, and Leinster PRO John Greene explained that the proximity of that game precluded them from changing their existing pricing.
"Tickets were already selling and our technology staff told us that it would cause too many problems to try to change pricing at this stage," Greene said.
"But there are already good family, club and underage packages in place that offer substantial discounts, especially if fans bulk-buy between 15-50 tickets though their clubs.
"We are also extending the designated family areas in the Cusack and Davin Stands to create more of those tickets."
Saturday's unprecedented hurling qualifier pairing of Kilkenny and Tipperary looks set to be a sell-out in Nowlan Park and the GAA have urged supporters to buy tickets well in advance in order to avoid snarl-ups before the 7.0 throw-in.
Tickets for all hurling qualifier games cost €20/€15 (stand/terrace), while football qualifier games are €15/€10 respectively.
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