Delaney gives green light for price review of international match tickets
JOHN DELANEY says that the FAI will look to review their ticket prices for international games in 2011, and revealed that they have spoken to their counterparts in the GAA and IRFU about the overall issue.
He is expecting an attendance of between 30,000 and 40,000 for tomorrow night's friendly with Norway, but has refused to specify how many of those will actually have paid in amid reports that schoolboy clubs have again received hundreds of free tickets for the encounter -- following on from children accessing the premium level section, in particular, for earlier Ireland matches with Argentina and Andorra.
Nevertheless, after the spectacular success of offering tickets for the FAI Cup final at a generous €10, Delaney concedes that the governing body may have to revise their strategy with respect to Ireland games.
General admission tickets range from €40 to €100 for punters looking to watch Giovanni Trapattoni's side in action. In the midst of a recession, and with a crippling budget to come, Delaney acknowledges it might be a lot to ask.
"I think we can review it," he said. "And we've spoken to the GAA and the IRFU about this. After the game against Norway, we will look at prices next year for sure."
"Still, close to a quarter of a million people will have come into the Aviva Stadium since the game against Argentina by the time we close on Wednesday. That is a very strong level of people."
Delaney was tight-lipped on the FAI's financial well-being going into next year, with speculation that Packie Bonner's technical department face cutbacks and that jobs could be at risk.
"No business is going to say, listen we're going to guarantee (jobs), that everything is going to be as it was," he said.
"There's no business that isn't looking at cost base and revenue base. The GAA, ourselves and IRFU went in to see Mary Hanafin (Minister for Sport) for Government funding.
"We're waiting to see what's presented in the budget."
While the CEO was quite vocal on the troubled cases of Cork City and Derry City this time last year, he declined to wade into discussion on the future of Bohemians, who need in the region of €300,000 by the end of the month to survive as a League of Ireland club.
"You have to deal with Fran Gavin (League director)," he said. "Fran is paid to do a role."