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Friday 9 December 2016

Shock for fans as cost of 10-year All-Ireland tickets hits €3,500

Alan and Bernard Brogan with Sam in 2015 Picture: Sportsfile
Alan and Bernard Brogan with Sam in 2015 Picture: Sportsfile

Ten-year All-Ireland final ticket packages have soared in price, from €2,500 each to €3,500 for the next decade.

That amounts to €175 per All-Ireland ticket over the 10-year period, up from €125.

The move follows an increase in ordinary GAA season ticket prices over the past three years.

An ordinary GAA season ticket now costs €99 for an adult, up from €75 for an "early bird" ticket three years ago.

However, Croke Park has since removed the early-bird price offer and juvenile ticket prices have doubled, from €10 to €20.

The ordinary season ticket covers all your county's national league matches plus league semi-finals, play-offs and finals in your chosen code. It also includes the opening round championship match and admission to the All-Ireland club finals in March.

Reclaim

Veteran GAA fans claim Croke Park is trying to reclaim blocks of tickets earmarked for multi-year deals through price hikes.

They say they are worried at being priced out of the 10-year ticket packages.

These were introduced in the wake of the redevelopment of Croke Park to front-load ticket earnings for the association.

They involved a section of the Cusack Stand and proved an enormous success, with huge waiting lists.

The last 10-year package guaranteed a ticket for the football and hurling finals each year.

One fan, who did not want to be identified, said he was "heartbroken" at having to end his 20-year ticket package arrangement last month.

"Part of me is heart- broken at having to let the package go, but on principle I just wouldn't pay that kind of money," he said.

"There's a big difference between splashing out €5,000 and €7,000 for what is basically 40 tickets over 10 years."

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