GAA fans all saying the same thing after All-Ireland final ticket price hike

Kerry’s David Clifford and Dublin’s James McCarthy with referee David Gough before last season's All-Ireland SFC final in Croke Park
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The GAA have hiked the price of All-Ireland final stand tickets to €100. That’s an increase of €10 from last year’s €90 headline price, while terrace tickets are up from €50 to €55.

Tickets prices for All-Ireland quarter-final and semi-finals in both codes have been raided by €5 across the board. The GAA last increased ticket prices back in 2019, having previously hiked prices in 2010.

GAA chiefs have vowed to use the additional revenue to increase the spend on club facilities from €3 million in 2023 to €4.5 million in 2024. This figure is set to rise to €5 million in 2025.

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The All-Ireland final ticket price rises alone are likely to bring in over €1 million in additional revenue across football and hurling.

A GAA statement said the increases were “part of a ticketing review which featured discounts during the Allianz Leagues and has seen new ‘3 for 2’ offers for All-Ireland series games.”

The Association also pointed to discounts of €5 issued via the GAA’s online platform, Foireann, for the Allianz League Finals and the upcoming football and hurling preliminary quarter-finals.

News of the increases comes at a time when the structure of the All-Ireland football championship has been heavily criticised in some quarters and fans have complained about having to pay to watch games on GAAGO.

The GAA have said that at least 83 per cent of all their revenues are redistributed across affiliated units.

“The additional ticket revenues generated will underpin a continued growth in our investment into Coaching and Games (€12m), infrastructural redevelopment of our County Grounds and venues (€5m),” said the GAA statement.

“And the continued capacity to assist club infrastructure through the GAA’s Club Development Fund Scheme.

“As usual, tickets for All-Ireland Finals will be distributed via our club and county network.”

However, as expected, the news has not gone down well with fans with several taking to social media to voice their disapproval.

Several posted on X/Twitter calling the GAA the “Grab All Association” while another wrote: “Amateur sport with professional pricing.”

Another dubbed the move “very greedy” and another posted: “This is crazy. As if the cost of living isn’t high enough. . . how can an average working family afford these tickets?”

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