Ticket hunt at fever pitch with touts' prices hitting €800
TICKETS for the All Ireland final are being offered on the internet for up to €800.
Dubs fans, anxious to see their team in next Sunday's showdown for the first time in 16 years, are being left out in the cold by small ticket allocations and touts, according to supporters.
Clubs in the capital look set to get just 8,000 of the 82,000 tickets -- with people who can get tickets making huge profits as a result, claimed one supporters' club. On needaticket.ie today, Hill 16 tickets were on offer for €400, 10 times their face value, while premium tickets were on offer for €800.
Tickets for the Cusack and Hogan stands were on offer for €600 and €700, again nearly 10 times their issue value of €80.
On eBay, tickets were on offer for the Hogan stand for €312, but because it is an auction site the final price paid is almost certain to be significantly higher.
Eight of the 24 ticket offers on eBay were advertised from Northern Ireland locations such as Antrim and Tyrone. An offer of two tickets for €530 had seen 31 bids on them, with nearly three days left for more bidding.
"It's time that ticket allocation procedures were overhauled," said Joe Nugent, who is the secretary of the Dublin Supporters' Club.
"It's up to each county board too 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 so county fans are finding it impossible to get tickets."