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Monday 5 December 2016

GAA announces ticket price drop as replay plays havoc with club fixtures

Lee Keegan of Mayo and Diarmuid Connolly of Dublin in a tussle
Lee Keegan of Mayo and Diarmuid Connolly of Dublin in a tussle

The GAA has defended its decision to grant a smaller reduction on tickets for this year's All-Ireland SFC football final replay than it offered with their three recent hurling replays.

Croke Park announced yesterday that stand tickets for Dublin's second clash with Mayo on October 1st will cost €60, with Hill 16 terrace tickets priced at €30.

A special Under 16s ticket is available for just €10.

For the 2012, '13 and '14 hurling replays, the same tickets cost €50 and €25 respectively.

Marquee

A spokesperson for the GAA, Cian Murphy, told The Herald that the decrease remained "a significant reduction on what is one of the premier dates in our calendar and one which compares favourably against other marquee sports events."

He insisted that: "the GAA is committed to acknowledging the support of people who support our games."

Adding that the additional revenue was "being put to good use," Mr. Murphy pointed out that 302 different GAA clubs were receipt of a grant from Croke Park last year and that the Association employed 200 coaches nationwide.

He also revealed that the GAA have recently invested €500,000 in the employment of coaches in urban areas of Meath, Wicklow, Louth and Kildare, "all made possible by revenue streams from ticket sales."

Unsurprisingly, the replay is expected to sell-out well in advance of Saturday week.

Croke Park also confirmed that there would be no general sale, with all tickets going to the respective counties and the 6,700 season ticket holders from the competing counties.

It is estimated that the GAA stand to make in the region of €4.5m from ticket sales for the replay.

Sunday's draw has also had a knock-on effect on staging of this year's remaining rounds of the Dublin SFC.

The Dublin county board have announced their contingency plan, with the next round scheduled to take place now over the weekend of October 8th/9th, giving Jim Gavin's players just a week to recover from is expected to be another physically gruelling encounter.

Review

As a consequence, Dublin will request a postponement of the quarter-final of the Leinster club SFC scheduled for November 13th between the eventual county champions and representatives of Carlow in Dr Cullen Park.

Next weekend's round of hurling fixtures has not been put back, however.

A statement released by the board asked that "clubs that have county representation to review their position and inform CCC secretary if they still seek a postponement," with both St Vincent's and Castleknock entitled to such a measure if they so choose under the '13 day rule.'

St Vincent's are scheduled to play county champions Cuala next Saturday in Parnell Park in a Group A fixture that could see them into the quarter-finals and The Herald understands that they are willing to do so without Diarmuid Connolly.

Similarly, Castleknock are due to take on Naomh Olaf in the 'B' Championship on the same day, though they would have to play without Ciarán Kilkenny should they decline to seek postponement.

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