GAA consider reducing ticket prices for championship

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Updated: February 24, 2011

The GAA are considering introducing reduced admission prices for the All-Ireland championships up to and including the semi-finals.

While reductions are not expected in single ticket prices for the provincial championships, a range of extra cut-price package deals for clubs, families and groups will be on offer.

According to The Irish Independent details of the amended All-Ireland championship prices are expected to be put before the next Central Council meeting.

Tickets prices for the All-Ireland finals will remain the same. With admission charges to the Allianz League have been reduced this year, it seems likely that this will be extended to the championships.

Among the changes that Leinster are planning to implement at Croke Park is an equal pricing policy for the Davin Stand and Hill 16.

“Package deals worked well last year and we’ll have others in place this year,” said Leinster CEO, Michael Delaney.

Leinster’s championship income dropped almost 14pc to €4.92m last year. However, Delaney believes the results on the pitch were as much to blame as the recession.

“Kildare footballers lost in the quarter-finals, Dublin went out in the semi-finals, while Wexford hurlers were beaten in the quarter-final. Dublin footballers are always the biggest draw so income is down any year they don’t reach the final. Kildare footballers draw big crowds too, while Wexford hurlers get a big following when they’re going well. None of that trio got to the Leinster final last year, so income was always going to be down,” he said.

Munster’s championship income was also down in 2011, Connacht increased by seven per cent with Ulster showing a slight decrease.

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