GAA Need to Get Real When It Comes to Tickets
Byline: Barney Rock
WHATEVER about the quality of the game, or even the weather, I hope that the GAA will take note of the fact that little over 7,000 people attended the first football game of the Championship. When you consider that Donegal are on a high at the moment, having secured promotion to Division 1, you would imagine that a lot more people would be jumping on the bandwagon, but they stayed at home.
It is because the cost of the attending games is simply too high. It cost [euro]27.50 to sit in the stand in Ballybofey on Sunday, which might explain why it was two-thirds empty.
I know of one man who had purchased a stand ticket and brought his son, but was told he would have had to pay the full price for the child so instead got rid of his ticket, bought one for the terrace and watched it in the rain.
To be fair to the Ulster Council, they are to be complimented for their policy of letting Under 16s into uncovered stands and terraces for free, but surely for the early rounds of the Championship, a huge discount for kids in covered stands could be considered. More importantly, the pricing of all tickets is way out of line with reality. …