Friday 15 December 2017

Extra tickets for replay not enough to meet the massive demand

Dubs hero Bernard Brogan in the drawn All-Ireland final Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Dubs hero Bernard Brogan in the drawn All-Ireland final Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

There will be a bigger allocation of tickets for both counties for the All-Ireland football final replay, but Dublin clubs do not expect it to be nearly enough to satisfying demand.

A further 8,000 tickets that had been allocated for the minor decider on September 18 have been split between Dublin and Mayo.

Dublin GAA clubs are expected to collect their allocations from the ticket office on Dorset Street tomorrow, with tickets due to be distributed in raffles in clubhouses across the capital on Thursday and Friday night.

However, after a frenetic drawn final, anticipation and hype have gone into overdrive.

Portmarnock club Naomh Mearnog's secretary Tim Maher told the Herald that they did not have enough tickets to meet demand for the first game, and interest has risen further.

"It's absolutely huge again. There's certainly no lessening of the demand because it's a replay," he said.

"The word is that we'll be getting something similar. I don't know if there will be many more now, given that there's no minor final.

"You'll always have disappointments.

"Roughly, we had 80 or 90 tickets and had a couple of hundred looking for them."

It is a similar situation in Bally- mun, a club that could have four players starting for the Dublin team on Saturday evening.

Club PRO Cathal Roche said not even the chairman is guaranteed a ticket to watch the Boys in Blue try for two All-Ireland titles in a row.

"Demand has increased - we managed to get one per member for the last game," he said.

"I think there was just shy of 80 people looking for tickets.


"The demand has risen by about 50pc and we're not hopeful of getting anywhere near that this time around.

"This game has just stoked up so much interest.

"We'll get our initial allocation and then we'll go seeking more. We're obviously working very hard to try and get tickets for our members.

"Our club constitution states that the chairman and secretary are entitled to one ticket each, but both of them deny that and put their tickets back in for the draw."

In Mayo, provisional estimates by the county board indicate there will be up to 26 more tickets allocated per club for the replay thanks to their share of the minor lot.

Mayo GAA PRO Paul Cunnane said they have been inundated with requests for match tickets in the lead-up to this weekend, much more so than before the first game.

"It's fairly crazy, all right," he said.

"It will be confirmed later in the week, but provisionally that's what we're looking to increase it to for the clubs - they'll be confirmed on Tuesday or Wednesday.

"The clubs would have got 80pc of their tickets on Sunday.

"We'd hope to confirm the rest of the tickets by Wednesday and get them to them on Thursday.

"Most of the clubs are reporting that they have more people putting their names down this time around, which is hardly surprising.


"We're getting more calls and queries than we had for the first game."

Despite an increase in ticket availability and a decrease in prices, none of the 82,000 tickets up for grabs for the big match will be available on general sale.

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