This has been a known known for a while but a piece by Mike Finnerty in today’s Irish Examiner (here) provides a further reminder that tickets for the Connacht Championship opening round fixture in New York are going to be in short supply.
The once-in-every-five-years Gaelic Park fixture has long been a favoured trip for Mayo GAA fans but this year the numbers planning on going appear to be bigger than ever. This fact, combined with development work that’s currently taking place at the venue which will eat into the already small 4,000 capacity, can mean only one thing: ticket trouble. And it does.
It’s worth reproducing in full what Connacht Council Secretary John Prenty said to Mike in that piece linked above on the issue of tickets:
This game is completely under control of New York GAA in terms of the ticketing, the entry, the exit and the capacity. We have been liaising with New York GAA over the last number of months.
And I think it’s fair to say that it’s going to be a challenge for New York GAA to get all the people in… The plan is that New York will sell a certain number of tickets in advance, but when that will happen and how many tickets will be sold, remains to be seen.
So there you have it. Everyone who travels over isn’t guaranteed to get in and there’s nothing the Connacht Council nor Mayo GAA can do to help with sourcing tickets for the game. If, however, you have good contacts within New York GAA now’s obviously the time to be getting in touch about those tickets which may be made available in advance.