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Season Ticket at €120 - is it worth it?

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I just got my renewal email for the season ticket and it has gone up in price to €120.. The difference between this year and last year is the new super 8's and promise of a discounted ticket for these matches.. Each new year of the Season ticket, there has been an extra burden put on the purchaser. In the first year it was amazing and was like a Willy Wonka golden ticket... €75 for the best seats in the house and no pressure on attending all the matches.. Dublin and Mayo have seen 100% of the tickets getting bought as you have a great chance of getting an all-ireland ticket out of it.. while the rest of us schmucks travel the breadth of the country and can't pass the ticket to a brother\neighbour in case the stazi get wind of it and the ticket is revoked. The seating generally got worse over the years but last year was the exception, in that the seating was improved over other years.. it can be maddening when the sunshine crew turn up and they are sitting in the middle of the stand while us diehards are out in the rain sitting by the corner flag.. listening to the radio to find out what is happening on the other side of the pitch..! Maybe this year, for the €120 we might be in the provincial councils soft seats!! but I doubt it.. Could they not have left the pricing as it was until we see how these super 8's fair out? Can they not be a bit flexible on the amount of attendances that need to be recorded.. ? It's not the joy that it once was to give the ticket as a present.. it's now like your mother making you go to school even though you are sick , just so your family have a good attendance record!! Just for one year... Can the GAA not do something positive for the people who buy these tickets and go to matches in the snow, wind and rain.. sometimes it is nice to know that you have a good deal or have the choice to sit at home with the rest of the sunshine supporters ?

Farney (Monaghan) - 25/10/2017 11:55:06    2057814

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Replying To Farney:  "I just got my renewal email for the season ticket and it has gone up in price to €120.. The difference between this year and last year is the new super 8's and promise of a discounted ticket for these matches.. Each new year of the Season ticket, there has been an extra burden put on the purchaser. In the first year it was amazing and was like a Willy Wonka golden ticket... €75 for the best seats in the house and no pressure on attending all the matches.. Dublin and Mayo have seen 100% of the tickets getting bought as you have a great chance of getting an all-ireland ticket out of it.. while the rest of us schmucks travel the breadth of the country and can't pass the ticket to a brother\neighbour in case the stazi get wind of it and the ticket is revoked. The seating generally got worse over the years but last year was the exception, in that the seating was improved over other years.. it can be maddening when the sunshine crew turn up and they are sitting in the middle of the stand while us diehards are out in the rain sitting by the corner flag.. listening to the radio to find out what is happening on the other side of the pitch..! Maybe this year, for the €120 we might be in the provincial councils soft seats!! but I doubt it.. Could they not have left the pricing as it was until we see how these super 8's fair out? Can they not be a bit flexible on the amount of attendances that need to be recorded.. ? It's not the joy that it once was to give the ticket as a present.. it's now like your mother making you go to school even though you are sick , just so your family have a good attendance record!! Just for one year... Can the GAA not do something positive for the people who buy these tickets and go to matches in the snow, wind and rain.. sometimes it is nice to know that you have a good deal or have the choice to sit at home with the rest of the sunshine supporters ?"
That's a strange one Farney as the increase isn't covering any cost regards the Super 8 tickets (albeit you get a discount of €5 off the price). The ticket covers the cost of all league games and the first championship match, that hasn't changed so I don't understand how they can justify this increase in price. But sure the economy is back in business and there's money to be had!!

keithlemon (Australia) - 25/10/2017 12:03:56    2057821

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Replying To Farney:  "I just got my renewal email for the season ticket and it has gone up in price to €120.. The difference between this year and last year is the new super 8's and promise of a discounted ticket for these matches.. Each new year of the Season ticket, there has been an extra burden put on the purchaser. In the first year it was amazing and was like a Willy Wonka golden ticket... €75 for the best seats in the house and no pressure on attending all the matches.. Dublin and Mayo have seen 100% of the tickets getting bought as you have a great chance of getting an all-ireland ticket out of it.. while the rest of us schmucks travel the breadth of the country and can't pass the ticket to a brother\neighbour in case the stazi get wind of it and the ticket is revoked. The seating generally got worse over the years but last year was the exception, in that the seating was improved over other years.. it can be maddening when the sunshine crew turn up and they are sitting in the middle of the stand while us diehards are out in the rain sitting by the corner flag.. listening to the radio to find out what is happening on the other side of the pitch..! Maybe this year, for the €120 we might be in the provincial councils soft seats!! but I doubt it.. Could they not have left the pricing as it was until we see how these super 8's fair out? Can they not be a bit flexible on the amount of attendances that need to be recorded.. ? It's not the joy that it once was to give the ticket as a present.. it's now like your mother making you go to school even though you are sick , just so your family have a good attendance record!! Just for one year... Can the GAA not do something positive for the people who buy these tickets and go to matches in the snow, wind and rain.. sometimes it is nice to know that you have a good deal or have the choice to sit at home with the rest of the sunshine supporters ?"
I agree farney, I got the ticket 3 years in a row when it first came out. between the price hike and Croke Park stating I didnt attend league matches when i did (and swiped my card), putting my % attendance under pressure! I returned the ticket in my 3rd year. I wont go back to it as so far touch wood I have been able to get a ticket through my club anyway anytime Kerry have made a final.

woops (Kerry) - 25/10/2017 12:16:34    2057826

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Just read the email myself. I think the season ticket is great for the most part, the 20 euro hike is a bit annoying but im paying it anyway. I still think it will work out cheaper if your county gets the super 8's and beyond.

The_Fridge (Tyrone) - 25/10/2017 13:36:31    2057859

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It simply doesn't add up. If you buy the early bird ticket for a match it's €10 and €15 on the day. A stand ticket for the first round match is €30. So you lose €20 unless the gaa charges the full price of €15 no matter when you buy your ticket then the season ticket holder is €20 less off. Shame on the gaa yet again.

shaggylegend (Monaghan) - 25/10/2017 14:14:45    2057880

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Replying To shaggylegend:  "It simply doesn't add up. If you buy the early bird ticket for a match it's €10 and €15 on the day. A stand ticket for the first round match is €30. So you lose €20 unless the gaa charges the full price of €15 no matter when you buy your ticket then the season ticket holder is €20 less off. Shame on the gaa yet again."
I agree wholeheartedly with the OP. You do however get €5 off every match during the championship (after the initial free one). You are correct tho - the value simply isnt there.

Dr.Watson (Kildare) - 25/10/2017 15:28:05    2057907

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Replying To Dr.Watson:  "I agree wholeheartedly with the OP. You do however get €5 off every match during the championship (after the initial free one). You are correct tho - the value simply isnt there."
If your county gets knocked out in the first qualifier, you will be down €10. Ludicrous decision.

shaggylegend (Monaghan) - 25/10/2017 16:12:31    2057922

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The individual match prices are likely to be increased. Therefore season ticket should still save a few euro. But not much!

OGarmaile (Tyrone) - 25/10/2017 16:57:49    2057943

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Hill 16 Ticket renewal is 175 Euro and we don't even get a seat

jd1963 (Dublin) - 25/10/2017 17:11:30    2057947

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Replying To shaggylegend:  "If your county gets knocked out in the first qualifier, you will be down €10. Ludicrous decision."
Did I read div 3 and 4 is still 100 Euro so that kind of off sets the risk of getting but out early if you are a weaker county. Any price rise is always going to be annoying but it's 20 Euro. Let's not go over the top.

The_Fridge (Tyrone) - 25/10/2017 20:58:03    2057991

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They ain't called Grab All Association for nothing, the big argument should be the super 8 tickets, the quarter final tickets I think were 25-35 euro, will the GAA give us a 3 match package for 25-35 euro? If course not, they will charge 20 euro each and over the 3 games that will be 60 euro, a profit of 25-35 euro for the GAA, that along with the 21 euro profit for each season ticket means it's a small profit for an organization that is struggling to fund the big wigs, the poor creatures

riverboys (Mayo) - 25/10/2017 21:42:41    2057998

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How much is a Mayo season ticket ?

Marse (Dublin) - 25/10/2017 21:49:17    2058004

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Replying To The_Fridge:  "Did I read div 3 and 4 is still 100 Euro so that kind of off sets the risk of getting but out early if you are a weaker county. Any price rise is always going to be annoying but it's 20 Euro. Let's not go over the top."
Yes and this is the real unfair part I feel, you are being penalised if your county competes in Division 1 or 2 but the price remains at €99 if your competing in Division 3 or 4, I have had the season ticket the past two years and being honest I probably will still renew it but there's a smell of larceny by trick about this rise in cost.

Richieq (Meath) - 25/10/2017 22:34:05    2058016

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The cost for U16s is €30.

keeper7 (Longford) - 26/10/2017 03:09:08    2058044

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Is it good the price has shot up? No. Is it worth it? Yes

15BACSAM (Dublin) - 26/10/2017 08:45:48    2058060

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What does it actually entitle you to? Is it free into all League matches for your county in both codes and discounted cship tickets incl All Ireland? Is it only for your own counties games?

tiobraid (Tipperary) - 26/10/2017 09:26:42    2058069

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Replying To Marse:  "How much is a Mayo season ticket ?"
The Mayo season ticket is the same price as other counties (now €120 I presume) however these are sold out and unless existing ticket holders don't re-new there are no new tickets available. The county board do have a scheme where they make season tickets available for an increased fee of €200. This is a total disgrace as there are no added benefits. When they came out first they included entry to all club games but this no longer applies. Like the situation where they charged clubs €1000 over and above the actual ticket prices for an additional 20 all Ireland final tickets - to me this is the same as the touts outside Croke Park on all Ireland final day

imonmyway (Mayo) - 26/10/2017 10:06:23    2058078

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I think its a two tier perspective and a bit of a moving target. If you are a Mayo or Dublin fan or a county that has a reasonable chance of progressing to the business end of the championship its by far worth it. If you are a fan of a county that will struggle for crowds or finishing the championship early then it is not. Still, you would be lucky to get a couple of tickets for a international soccer and rugby game for 120 euro, for me its exceptional value, it also seems that way on the thrid Sunday in September and yo can enjoy the day without the stress of tickets. What i sometimes find odd is that every county will often say they need more money for whatever, yet people get annoyed when prices are raised, i would love to know where people think this "money" comes from.

TheUsername (Dublin) - 26/10/2017 10:23:19    2058081

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Replying To tiobraid:  "What does it actually entitle you to? Is it free into all League matches for your county in both codes and discounted cship tickets incl All Ireland? Is it only for your own counties games?"
It entitles you to entry to all your counties league games, including any finals/play-offs, and entry to your first championship game in one code only. After that you get a €5 discount on all championship tickets except finals. (provincial and/or all Ireland), and also entry to the club finals. As has been said before, it's nowhere near as much value now as it was a few years ago, but if you are from Dublin or Mayo especially where demand for tickets is huge if you get to a final, it's priceless come September.

AHP (Dublin) - 26/10/2017 11:04:23    2058095

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Replying To shaggylegend:  "It simply doesn't add up. If you buy the early bird ticket for a match it's €10 and €15 on the day. A stand ticket for the first round match is €30. So you lose €20 unless the gaa charges the full price of €15 no matter when you buy your ticket then the season ticket holder is €20 less off. Shame on the gaa yet again."
Your dead right, the season ticket is only really of value if your team makes an All Ireland final/semi final. I missed no Galway hurling match this year but did not have a season ticket, luck and noting els got me my Final ticket so I will always from now on buy a season hurling ticket.

heartbroken (Galway) - 26/10/2017 12:18:07    2058110

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