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Friday 17 August 2018

Now touts want €800 for just one final ticket

A SINGLE ticket for the final has gone on sale for €800.

The Premium Level pass is believed to be the highest price asked as the frenzy for tickets reaches fever pitch.

Another ticket, on the needaticket.ie website, is on sale for €700 for the Hogan Stand, while a ticket for the Hill is up for grabs for €400.

Demand for tickets has never been higher and in some cases tickets are selling for more than 10 times their face value and dozens of bids from desperate Dublin and Kerry supporters are being tabled.

Such touting is hurting genuine GAA fans, supporters clubs have warned. "It's time that ticket allocation procedures were overhauled," said Joe Nugent, secretary of the Dublin Supporters Club.



Profit

"It's up to each county board to root out people who are getting tickets that don't really want them, and they should never be offered tickets again," he told the Herald.

"There is a tiny allocation of tickets to the counties that are playing, so county fans are finding it impossible to get tickets. Meanwhile, fans elsewhere that are finding it easier to get tickets, but have no real interest in the game, are able to profit on it."

Mr Nugent was also critical of the GAA pricing of the tickets for those who could get tickets, saying €80 for stand tickets and €40 for Hill tickets was nearly twice what they had cost during the year.

jlast@herald.ie

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