BETWEEN 1,000 and 1,500 tickets for Sunday’s Connacht SFC semi-final between Mayo and Leitrim at MacHale Park in Castlebar are expected to go on general sale to the public tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon.
The tickets — which all cost €30 as there are no concession-priced tickets for Covid ‘pilot event’ matches — will be on sale via the GAA’s ticketing partner website, ticketmaster.ie These tickets are being sold in ‘pods of four’ to help facilitate contact tracing.
A crowd of just over 3,500 spectators are being permitted to attend Sunday’s match as part of the Government’s ‘pilot events’ programme to trial the return of patrons to outdoor sports events.
The main stand in MacHale Park will cater for around 1,500 fans with the remaining 2,000 people divided into 12 separate zones around the uncovered stand areas.
Both the Mayo GAA Board and their Leitrim counterparts have received 600 tickets each to distribute through their GAA clubs, while the players from both counties have also received an allocation to purchase if they wish.
“It’s very important that when people get to the game that they sit in the seats that are allocated to them,” explained Connacht GAA secretary, John Prenty.
“And all patrons have to wear a mask at all times inside the ground.
“We have 3.5 times more people coming in this Sunday than we did in Hyde Park last weekend so we’d ask people to come early and abide by stewards’ advice.
“If you are sitting in zones 1-6 then you enter by the MacHale Road end of the ground; if you are in zones 7-12 you come in by the An Sportlann end of the ground.
“And if you’re in the stand then you come in at the An Sportlann corner.”
MEANWHILE, there will be 350 tickets for next Tuesday evening’s Connacht Under-20 football championship semi-final between Mayo and Galway in Tuam going on general sale this Friday.
A similar number of tickets for Tuesday evening’s quarter-final between Roscommon and Leitrim sold out in three minutes after going on sale online.