GAA defends its doubling of the prices for juvenile season tickets
The GAA has defended its higher season ticket prices after the price of a junior ticket increased by 100pc.
A season ticket for under-16s in now on sale for €20 - double the price of last year's €10 price tag. However, a spokesman for the GAA said that last year's €10 ticket price was "ridiculously good value". He added that if you went to every game under the new prices it only worked out at €2.50 a game.
The sporting body said they had no plans to hike ticket prices for championship games for 2016, which will come as a relief for hurling and football fans.
Season ticket holders will be charged €5 less than the regular championship price, but this excludes the provincial finals and the All-Ireland final.
Last year, adult sports fans were able to nab an early bird season ticket for league games for €85.
When the early bird offer expired, fans were still entitled to a cheaper ticket rate of €95 for the Allianz National League games, but this year the ticket will cost €99.
The GAA said the ticket structure allows a person to attend the opening championship match of the season also, offering more value for customers.
A season ticket holder also automatically qualifies for an All-Ireland final ticket - if their county makes it that far.
Fans will be required to demonstrate a high attendance record at all games in the season leading up to the final if they are to be eligible for the coveted tickets for the deciding game of the championship.
The GAA said that it was not concerned that the rise in price for a juvenile season ticket would lead to less young people attending games or getting involved at grassroots level. The organisation believes junior fans are still getting good value for the cost of their €20 tickets.
Although the season ticket only covers league games and the opening championship game, the holder of a season ticket will also be charged for championship games under the 'play and pay' conditions of the ticket. Under this rule, the bank card used to purchase the season ticket will be charged a ticket price for each championship game that their county plays.
The GAA spokesman said a season ticket holder was also entitled to attend any league game - whether their home team was playing or not.
"The ticket offers very good value to anyone who attends games regularly," he said.