Ticket deal for Rebel fans
THE GAA are hoping to entice Cork supporters and neutrals alike to make the trip to Croke Park twice in a fortnight with a new ticketing initiative.
In a package announced yesterday, fans can attend both Sunday's All-Ireland hurling semi-final between Cork and Galway and the last four football clash that sees Donegal and the Rebels lock horns on August 26 for a reduced rate of €65. Juveniles can avail of the same package for just €10.
And while Jimmy Barry-Murphy's hurlers are likely to attract a strong following, Cork's footballers haven't always managed to demand the same level of attention and it is hoped this new scheme, which offers a saving of €15, will help lift attendances at both games.
The other semi-finals, which see Dublin take on Mayo in football and Tipperary clash with Kilkenny in hurling, are not included in this arrangement.
Attendances at GAA matches have held up well this summer, despite the obvious attractions of both Euro 2012 and the Olympics in London.
Last year, the four semi-finals across hurling and football attracted more than 205,000 through the turnstiles in Croke Park.
Patrons can avail of the package on gaa.ie until Friday.