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Wednesday 17 January 2018

Fuming: Dubs fans get just 8,000 tickets for All-Ireland final

DUBLIN fans are set to miss out on the All-Ireland final as GAA chiefs have allocated just 8,000 tickets to the capital.

A massive scramble for tickets was under way today after it was revealed that Dublin will get just a tiny proportion of the 82,500 seats on offer.

Dublin County Board chairman Andy Kettle fumed: "It just doesn't work. The figures don't add up."

The fixture against Kerry has led to unprecedented demand for the September 18 game.

A spokesman for the GAA said that tickets for the final are distributed through county boards to ensure clubs, players and members are looked after.

But Mr Kettle said: "At a league game you could have anything from 15,000 to 25,000 Dublin supporters and they rightly say that they are entitled to a ticket if they go in the depths of winter, in the wind and cold and rain."

He added: "There is going to be a huge amount of disappointed genuine Dublin supporters."

Joe Nugent, secretary of the Dublin GAA Supporters Club, told the Herald while it is disappointing, there is "nothing surprising" in the allocation.

"Clearly that is way below the level of demand for a league game, never mind an All-Ireland final," he said.

"It's an unsatisfactory arrangement and does not reflect the demand or the amount of support provided through the years.

"Dublin's average attendance at home matches in Parnell Park would be more than 8,000," he added.

Mr Nugent said the "vast bulk of tickets" are going to non-competing counties, opening the way for ticket touts.

He said the Government had a "real responsibility here" to outlaw the selling of tickets above face value.

GAA bosses have also pushed up the price of a standard ticket by almost 15pc to €80.

But the huge demand means tickets will sell for five times that on the black market.

And parents hoping to bring their children to see the Dubs in their first All-Ireland final in 16 years will have to fork out adult prices.

Up until now, children were allowed into championship games for a nominal €5 but will now have to pay full price.

The best family deal on offer is a ticket for four that has jumped in price from €240 to €280 since last year.

Terrace tickets have also risen in price from €35 in 2010 to €40 this year.

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