GAA fans have been queuing outside Maloney’s SuperValu in Ardnaree since 7am this morning for tickets for next Saturday’s eagerly-awaited All-Ireland senior football semi-final between Mayo and Dublin in Croke Park.
Proprietor John Maloney said in the ten years since SuperValu started distributing GAA tickets he had “never seen interest in a match like it”.
“People were at the door when I came in this morning. It’s unbelievable. There’s a queue out the door now and the rain isn’t dampening their spirits. It’s such an important game to Mayo and people don’t have the usual lead-in time with less than a week until the game.”
At lunchtime, there were 13,000 people online putting the tickets.ie system under huge pressure, he explained.
“There might be a capacity of 80,000 but with so many people online the system is under duress and it’s not spitting out tickets as fast as it usually would. There’s system overload.
“The phones are hopping with people wanting us to put aside ten tickets for them but we can’t commit to that.
“I think if people chill out there will be tickets.”
SuperValu stores across Mayo are reporting long queues this lunchtime and there are large numbers of GAA fans seeking tickets at SuperValu outlets in neighbouring towns like Ballaghaderreen and Tubbercurry.
The situation on tickets.ie has left many supporters deeply frustrated. One fan told the Western People he had logged onto the site at exactly 10am this morning and was placed at 1,016 in the queue but by 1pm he had only reached 179, which means the system is handling less than 300 applications per hour. On that basis, somebody who is positioned 13,000 plus in the queue should get their tickets sometime on Thursday… if the tickets are not all gone by then.