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All Ireland Final Ticket Prices

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Why do GAA people expect everything for free??? The prices, even the final are great value when you compare to alretnative sports and/or events.

All-Ireland finals are the two primier sporting days in the Irish calendar bar none

witnof (Dublin) - Posts: 1454 - 20/08/2019 13:03:09    2227859

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Replying To witnof:  "Why do GAA people expect everything for free??? The prices, even the final are great value when you compare to alretnative sports and/or events.

All-Ireland finals are the two primier sporting days in the Irish calendar bar none"
What's for free ?

moc.dna (Galway) - Posts: 761 - 20/08/2019 18:15:09    2227977

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witnof rugby and soccer in this country have a two tier system between professional and amateurs. If we keep going with price rises and defending it by comparing the cost to games in the Aviva, we are fueling a professional game where the elite ten counties in each code will go pro (like rugby did) and players will no longer play with their clubs.

We all love the county scene and an All Ireland final is special but families are being priced out of attending and need to pick and choose games. In my opinion this is not the ethos that Gaelic Games were founded on and the GAA need to listen to the public.

slayer (Limerick) - Posts: 6140 - 20/08/2019 19:17:52    2227999

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Replying To slayer:  "witnof rugby and soccer in this country have a two tier system between professional and amateurs. If we keep going with price rises and defending it by comparing the cost to games in the Aviva, we are fueling a professional game where the elite ten counties in each code will go pro (like rugby did) and players will no longer play with their clubs.

We all love the county scene and an All Ireland final is special but families are being priced out of attending and need to pick and choose games. In my opinion this is not the ethos that Gaelic Games were founded on and the GAA need to listen to the public."
Stop even a 80€, 70€, 60€ we have complaints its too expensive blah blah.

Compared to what is out there and equvialent events it is very well priced.

We will never be happy with ticket prices and they are great value especially as demand far outweights supply.

If it was any other sport, concert etc they would be well over 100€

witnof (Dublin) - Posts: 1454 - 21/08/2019 13:09:32    2228186

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So what are equivalent events?

Rugby has a professional tier (Ireland, Munster, Leinster, Connaught, Ulster) as well as an amateur one with clubs playing in the AIL. Soccer has the same with Ireland & the LOI and then an amateur tier. In both of those it costs significantly less to watch the amateur game than the professional one.

In GAA we are meant to be amateur at both county & club level. The prices being charged at county level are no longer those of an amateur sport.


Witnof wrote:
Compared to what is out there and equvialent events it is very well priced.

slayer (Limerick) - Posts: 6140 - 21/08/2019 13:25:02    2228201

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Have to say you would get fed up with people groaning about prices in this country and in particular with people moaning about the price of tickets! ... You don't have to go!

It is very hard to listen to the same people griping continuously about the price of a ticket but have no problem paying out a substantial fee for 3 or 4 'friendly' internationals in Rugby in the Autumn or go to the Utd or City or Pool matches a few times a year!

The Grab All Association is what they call the GAA and I abhor that phrase.
When people say - sure that is a 'different game' and that soccer is another professional game where the players etc get paid, well if we don't want our players to go professional I suggest that the ticket prices help us keep the players reasonably looked after through the good offices of the GPA. The GPA is getting well subsidised - and rightly so - and long may this organisation be so looked after.

I would love to go to an All Ireland every year in both codes but that is just not possible... tickets are hard to come by ! In general the people that go deserve to go as they put in the hard work during the year as secretaries chairperson etc of their clubs and they WANT to go.
As many have stated the All Irl finals are our showcase and should be considered different to all the other games we have during the year.
Perhaps there should be a graded system for the pricing of tickets and if that is introduced it should be where tickets like lower Cusack and Hogan are INCREASED to say 150 and Canal lower end is around 60.
People have no problem in paying out for concerts and a 'nite out' in Temple Bar etc and going further to the nightclub after...
We are in general better off than 30 years ago and if we really want to go to the All Irl and get a ticket, it comes down to making choices and cutting out other luxuries if we want to afford it.

carlowman (Carlow) - Posts: 1485 - 21/08/2019 15:54:06    2228275

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Showcase or not, it is punitive for families. Take a family of two adults and two kids - 360 euro to attend the final and the solution is 'don't go if you don't want to'? The same families who may have gone to 4 games in Munster, quarter final, semi final, National League etc. Based on what you said below you are viewing this completely from the point of view of single people who are going out drinking. Perhaps it is an age thing, but I'm looking at it from the point of view of families and what you're really saying to them is 'if you haven't got the money stay at home'.

If that is the message then lets hope parents who have GAA mad kids are all in well paying jobs.




As many have stated the All Irl finals are our showcase and should be considered different to all the other games we have during the year. People have no problem in paying out for concerts and a 'nite out' in Temple Bar etc and going further to the nightclub after...

slayer (Limerick) - Posts: 6140 - 21/08/2019 16:17:36    2228287

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Replying To slayer:  "Showcase or not, it is punitive for families. Take a family of two adults and two kids - 360 euro to attend the final and the solution is 'don't go if you don't want to'? The same families who may have gone to 4 games in Munster, quarter final, semi final, National League etc. Based on what you said below you are viewing this completely from the point of view of single people who are going out drinking. Perhaps it is an age thing, but I'm looking at it from the point of view of families and what you're really saying to them is 'if you haven't got the money stay at home'.

If that is the message then lets hope parents who have GAA mad kids are all in well paying jobs.




As many have stated the All Irl finals are our showcase and should be considered different to all the other games we have during the year. People have no problem in paying out for concerts and a 'nite out' in Temple Bar etc and going further to the nightclub after..."
Slayer...My family are not interested in going normally to matches and yes I am in the main looking at it as a single person! I admit that! I don't go for pints as I drive to and from games.
But I stand over the main point I am making, that the tickets in my opinion are relatively well priced. If a person family or anybody else wants to go... and are in a position to get tickets... then save up !
When I started going to games I saved up! !
If I want to go on a holiday I save up! Tickets are expensive, there is no doubt about that. But that is the way it is! If you want to go to a concert or Electric Picnic... Well the ticket is expensive! That requires a choice, either save up and buy the ticket or don't go !
For replays GAA has reduced prices and has provided a limited no of family tickets. I think that is also more than fair.

carlowman (Carlow) - Posts: 1485 - 21/08/2019 17:10:51    2228302

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The acid test of pricing is - are the gate receipts maximised ?

lionofludesch (Down) - Posts: 26 - 21/08/2019 18:14:24    2228324

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