Kilkenny hurling legend attacks GAA over ‘shocking’ All-Ireland final ticket prices
By COLIN BARTLEY
TICKET pricing for the All-Ireland final has become a bone of contention for many, and a Kilkenny hurling legend and inter-county manager has weighed in calling the prices “shocking”.
Eddie Brennan, the eight-time All-Ireland winner, four-time All-Star, and current Laois senior hurling manager, says its high time the GAA looked at having different ticket prices for different areas in Croke Park.
At present each seat in the three main stands of Croke Park, the Cusack, the Hogan and the Davin, are priced the same, €90 (for the All-Ireland finals). Therefore a person sitting in the back corner of the upper Davin is paying the same price as a person in a seat on the half-way line in the lower Hogan or lower Cusack.
Brennan said this system is ‘shocking’ and it is time for the GAA to look at bringing in three or four different categories of pricing, much like the IRFU and FAI have in the Aviva stadium.
Brennan posted his tweet last Sunday evening and has since received a huge response, the vast majority agree. Many are calling for the introduction of family tickets for All-Ireland final day.
People voiced their disgust that a family of four would end up paying €360 for the tickets and between food and travel say the cost of the day could hit over €500 for the day.
Family tickets are available up to and including the All-Ireland semi-final, but not the final itself. Kids tickets to that point ranged from €5 to €15
The GAA is set to scoop a whopping €7 million on ticket sales alone for the All-Ireland Final, (72,500 stand tickets at €90 and 11,800 terrace tickets at €45).
The hunt for tickets continues in Kilkenny. All the terrace tickets that went on public sale in Nowlan Park last night were sold out in double-quick time.
Speaking to KilkennyNow.ie, Paul Fitzgerald, PRO of Kilkenny GAA said: “All the tickets we had we sold last night, if any more become available we will make a public announcement and they will go on public sale.”