GA ticket drought prompts call to give club members priority

'Super 8' GAA Championship games are no longer played at Croke Park
Connla Young

A SENIOR GAA official in Tyrone has said club members should get priority for major match tickets after it emerged that many fans could miss out on tomorrow's All-Ireland quarter final against Donegal.

Hundreds of Red Hand supporters may be disappointed after clubs across the county failed to get their requested allocation for Sunday's Super 8 showdown in Ballybofey, Co Donegal.

Under the new GAA Championship structure quarter final games are played at county grounds instead of Croke Cpark which can mean a reduced capacity.

MacCumhaill Park, where the game is due to take place, has a capacity of 18,000.

County PRO Eugene McConville, who is also secretary at his own club Clogher Eire Ogs, said demand for tickets in the county is high.

It is understood that some clubs ave received fewer tickets than requested, including Omagh St Enda's who said on their Facebook page they have received just a quarter of what they asked for.

Traditionally all match-day tickets were distributed to clubs through the county board.

However, in recent years tickets have become available online and through some shops meaning anyone can buy them.

Critics believe this may have contributed to the current shortage of tickets for clubs.

Mr McConville said he believes the issue needs to be discussed.

“It's a difficult one and I think there's going to have to be a meeting of minds to sit down and come to some arrangement that there's more priority for people in the club structure who loyally follow their clubs and county,” he said.

His counterpart in Donegal Ed Byrne also thinks the issue needs to be addressed.

No-one from Croke Park could be contacted for comment.

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