Monday, August 09, 2021

A “very limited” amount of tickets for this Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final double-header between the mens’ and ladies’ teams of Mayo and Dublin are expected to go on general public sale this afternoon (Tuesday).

Supporters hoping to secure a precious ticket for the games at Croke Park, which has a limited capacity of just 24,000 due to ongoing Covid restrictions, were left frustrated on Monday as long queues formed on online ticketing sites. Fans expressed their confusion over how, when and how many, if any, tickets would become available for general sale.
The Western People understands that the issues were caused by technical difficulties in the online portal, which were cleared up on Monday evening. An allocation of approximately 1,000 tickets is expected to go on general sale either later this afternoon or early on Wednesday morning, depending on when GAA clubs in the competing counties finalise orders with their members.

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan and Young Footballer of the Year, Mayo’s Oisín Mullin. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

Of the allocation of 24,000 tickets, approximately 18,000 were made available to the two counties, with the remaining 6,000 going to sponsors and corporate partners. Mayo clubs were offered approximately half of those 18,000 tickets to sell to their members over the last week.
The situation has been complicated somewhat by the double-header of games under the separate umbrellas of the GAA and the LGFA. No tickets were made available to any LGFA clubs in either Mayo or Dublin, despite the two counties contesting their semi-final as a curtain-raiser to the men’s game.

Mayo and Dublin will also contest the All-Ireland LGFA semi-final on Saturday. Picture: INPHO/Evan Logan

Whatever tickets went unsold by GAA clubs in the competing counties are being returned to Croke Park and will be then be put on general online sale, although this figure is understood to be “very limited”, possibly as low as 1,000.
Meanwhile, it was confirmed yesterday that the second All-Ireland semi-final between Tyrone and Kerry, due to be played this Sunday, has been pushed out for six days to Saturday, August 21 to allow Tyrone to deal with Covid issues in their panel. Consequently, the All-Ireland final has been pushed back by a week, from the weekend of August 28-29 to the weekend of September 4-5.

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