Gaelic: Prices as high as €700 for Final tickets
DUBLIN football fans have been handed their first inflated clue as to just how difficult -- and potentially expensive -- it will be to access an All-Ireland final ticket against Kerry on September 18.
The ticket broker website, www.needaticket.ie, is today offering lower Hogan and Cusack Stand tickets for an astronomical €700 -- almost nine-times the official price of €80.
It is currently offering tickets ranging in price from €350 for a place on Hill 16 to €750 for a premium seat.
Moreover, there is the potential that these prices will rise even further as the 'dream final' date draws closer and the ticket race turns into a frenzy.
When told today of these prices, Dublin county board chairman Andy Kettle urged action from GAA headquarters.
"If that is the case, it is something that would worry me considerably, and I would be hoping that the ticket office in Croke Park would be monitoring that situation and trying to cut off any supply," Kettle told the Evening Herald.
"The All-Ireland finals, to me, are for the genuine supporter in as much as it is possible, and I would really, really hate to see people making big money out of this national event. In as far as is humanly possible, I would like to see every ticket going at face value to a genuine supporter," he added.
According to its own website, www.needaticket.ie specialises in "obtaining exclusive and 'impossible to get' tickets for sold-out shows, concerts and sporting events."
It defends the selling of tickets above face value by saying it includes "charges reflecting our costs and efforts in obtaining your premium seats."
At time of going to press, it was also quoting €600 for upper Hogan and Cusack seats, €525 for the lower Davin Stand and €450 for the upper Davin.
Yesterday's SFC semi-final against Donegal, watched by 81,436, was the first de facto sell-out at Croke Park this season.
But the problem now for the capital's Sky Blue army is that All-Ireland tickets are invariably far harder to source, with tickets going to GAA clubs nationwide, and Dublin county board's official allocation is liable to be greatly reduced on what was received for the semi-final.
This is the first time in 16 years that Dublin fans will have faced a scramble for All-Ireland tickets, although the one consoling element is that Parnell Park's official allocation will be bumped up because Dessie Farrell's minors have also qualified for their final.