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Ulster GAA announce price reductions following Championship attendance drop

Donegal and Fermanagh met in last year's Ulster final, and will renew that rivalry at Brewster Park in this year's quarter-final on May 26. Picture by Seamus Loughran
Neil Loughran

FOLLOWING a fall in Ulster Championship attendances, the GAA has announced price cuts for the early rounds of games in a bid to get more people back through the gates.

Ticket prices were increased for last summer’s Championship, and as a result the Ulster Council’s income from gate receipts fell by 17.5 per cent in 2018.

This year's Championship action gets under way when Derry take on 2018 All-Ireland finalists Tyrone in Omagh on May 12, and Ulster GAA has reduced the cost of stand tickets for that game to £20.

That will also be the price for all four quarter-finals, while there will be reductions in open stand prices for the last eight clashes between Cavan and Monaghan, and Fermanagh-Donegal.

“Ulster GAA has taken feedback from stakeholders on last year and felt that there was merit in separating ticket prices for first round/quarter-final games and semi-final games,” said provincial secretary Brian McAvoy.

“Accordingly, stand ticket prices for the first round and quarter-final games have been reduced by up to 17 per cent, with a pre-purchased ticket now only £20/€25.

“There will also be reductions in open stand prices for the games in Kingspan Breffni and Brewster Park. The price of a terrace ticket has been frozen for all games, as have all ticket prices for semi-finals and the Ulster final on 23rd June.

“We want to provide ticketing offers and options to as many of our loyal county supporters as possible.”

Concession tickets for senior citizens and students will be available for all games. These tickets can be purchased through county boards and give an average saving of 30 per cent on the full ticket price.

For 2019, three additional ticket offers will be made available for the Championship. The Ulster GAA Group Pass is available to clubs for the first round and quarter finals as an incentive to bring youth teams to experience their county in Championship action. Juvenile terrace tickets are priced at £5/€5 and one adult goes free for every 10 juveniles.

The Ulster GAA Club Pass is also available for first round/quarter-final games and offers reduced price terrace tickets to club groups of between 15 and 50 adults. These tickets are priced at £13 (normal £15) and €15 (normally €18).

The third package, the Triple Play ticket, will guarantee Ulster football supporters entry and a seat to both Ulster SFC semi-finals and the final for the reduced price of £65/€70. This equates to a saving of 30 per cent on match day prices.

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