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Saturday 10 December 2016

The biggest sporting event in the world this weekend is on in Dublin and fans are willing to pay big for tickets

A large number of Mayo supporters are expected in Croke Park
A large number of Mayo supporters are expected in Croke Park

THE biggest sporting event in thew world this weekend will happen in Ireland with fans willing to pay four times the normal price for tickets to the Dublin v Mayo All-Ireland semi-final in Croke Park.

Croke Park officially sold out its 82,300 seats on Wednesday (a higher attendance than expected for the IAAF World Games also on this weekend) but ticket buyers and sellers continue to do deals online.

One Donedeal.ie user said that they would pay €100 for place on Hill 16 on Sunday – four times the normal ticket price for that spot.

The GAA has warned fans that ticket touts will be investigated and if they have strongly advised that, if you get a ticket off a tout, you face being thrown out of the ground.

“We would of course advise people to avoid touts and use official ticket sellers at all times,” a spokesperson for the GAA told Independent.ie. 

“At every level we expect there will be some touts – premium level included. This is the first sell-out game of the year and there has big demand for tickets.

“When we looked at our allocation for clubs and county boards, we knew this would be a sell out 10 days before it happened.”

 The Garda Síochana have issued crowd control ahead of Sunday’s game for fans gaining access to Croke Park.

“Jones Road will be shut down for exclusive use of approximately 12,000 Patrons leaving the Hogan Stand," the Garda press office advised.

“The crowd management plan will be in place at Jones Road for approximately 30 minutes post the All-Ireland semi-finals."

Garda Inspector Tony Gallagher at Mountjoy Station advised fans to prepare for their trip.  

“For the safety and enjoyment of all patrons attending games at Croke Park, An Garda Síochana and the GAA request all patrons to plan their visit in advance by accessing the various information sources and familiarising themselves with the safety initiatives there,” he said.

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