Thursday 14 December 2017

Mayo fans are snapping up Hill 16 tickets 'just to spite Dublin'

Mayo and Dublin fans on Hill 16 during the recent game Picture: Sportsfile
Mayo and Dublin fans on Hill 16 during the recent game Picture: Sportsfile

Dublin supporters fear surplus tickets for this weekend's All-Ireland final replay are getting into Mayo hands and are worried they'll be outnumbered.

The Boys in Blue take on the Westerners in the All-Ireland rematch on Saturday evening. Hill 16 Army supporters group founder Barry Fennell told the Herald the crowd at the drawn game was two-thirds Mayo fans.

Mr Fennell said that the way in which tickets are distributed after they reach county boards across the country needs to be looked into, and he said that they were reaching Mayo supporters rather than Dubs.

He also hit out at attempts by Mayo supporters to get tickets for Hill 16 and said it resulted from a tweet by Dublin star Diarmuid Connolly after the All-Ireland semi-final.

Forward Connolly posted a photo of himself facing Hill 16 with the hashtag #Hill16isDublinOlny.

"It's just to spite Dublin, that's all it is," Mr Fennell said.

"Where were they for the semi-final or the quarter-final?

"I was in Croke Park when they played Tyrone and the same with the semi-final (and they didn't bring the numbers)."

He said that Dublin should not be outnumbered given the support they bring to matches throughout the year. "They're getting big crowds out of us the whole year. How was it 65-35 the last game (in Mayo's favour)? There's no explanation."

The GAA did not return a request for comment from the Herald on how the tickets were split for the game.


Meanwhile, for those desperate to get their hands on a ticket for the final, they are already available for extortionate prices.

Tickets for the replay are being sold for more than eight times their original price.

Face-value tickets distributed by the GAA to clubs and county boards across the country were reduced in price from the original fixture, stand tickets dropping from €80 to €60.

None of the 82,000-plus tickets were made available for general sale. However, some tickets have appeared on online ticket-brokering website, Needaticket.ie, for a staggering €500.

The tickets advertised at this price are for the Lower Hogan and Cusack stands.

Meanwhile, tickets for the upper tiers of the same stands are being offered for €400, and seats in the Davin Stands are advertised at €325. Needaticket.ie were contacted by the Herald but did not wish to comment.

However, a section of their website warned that prices would be above original cost in a reflection of their efforts to obtain the "premium seats".

"We specialise in obtaining exclusive and 'impossible to get' tickets for sold out shows, concerts and sporting events," a statement on their site read.

"Please note that you are often purchasing tickets above face value. This price includes charges reflecting our costs and efforts in obtaining your premium seats. Please be aware that the ticket market is a very volatile and fluctuating market."

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