THE ‘massive’ demand for All-Ireland football final tickets among Mayo supporters is ‘much crazier’ than it was last year, according to County Board chairman, Mike Connelly.
Speaking to The Mayo News, he said that Mayo GAA are expecting to receive the same allocation of tickets for the game against Dublin as they did for the 2016 finals — approximately 16,500 tickets in total.
“There’s going to be a massive, massive demand,” said Connelly.
“It’s much, much crazier than last year, the crowds that have been following the team all year have been unbelievable really.
“We have roughly about 4,000 season ticket-holders and they are the real fans, who are guaranteed a ticket anyway. The rest then will go through clubs.
Connelly said it ‘looks like’ Mayo will get ‘the same allocation’ of tickets as last year.
Mayo GAA administrator Michael Cummins told clubs by email that the Board are ‘working off the same figures for initial allocations’ as clubs received in 2016, which amounted to 108 for senior clubs, 88 for intermediate and 68 for junior.
MEANWHILE, the Mayo senior football squad spent last weekend on a two-day training camp as they stepped up their preparations for the All-Ireland final.
Stephen Rochford told The Mayo News last week that he expected Donal Vaughan (hamstring) and Colm Boyle (Achilles) to be in a position to take some part in training at the camp. Both players picked up knocks during Mayo’s recent All-Ireland SFC semi-final replay win over Kerry.
However, he also said that Diarmuid O’Connor (hamstring) would not return to training until later this week.
“At this moment there isn’t any concern around them not being available for the final,” said the Mayo manager.
Cavan’s Joe McQuillan will referee the final, with Cork’s Conor Lane and Pádraig O’Sullivan (Kerry) as linesmen.