ENTRY to next weekend’s Mayo club championship games will be by pre-purchased ticket only and no more than 500 supporters will be allowed into any ground.
That news has elicited a mixed response from some quarters, but Mayo GAA secretary Dermot Butler says every effort will be made to assist people attend matches.
“Some people are worried about the technical aspect of buying tickets online and downloading them,” he told The Mayo News.
“I’m not the best technically myself and recognise their fears but there are people in every club who are only too willing to help anyone who’s in difficulty. There will also be people at every gate across the county over the weekend who will help anyone who has a problem downloading their tickets.
“We don’t want to be keeping anyone away from games and will do everything we can to help. Fortunately, or unfortunately, this is the way forward, especially during the pandemic.”
The decision to sell all the tickets online was taken by the Mayo GAA chiefs in order to streamline matters around Covid protocols and the number of supporters attending games.
“We decided to go with because it’s the way the organisation is going nationally and, whether we like it or not, we’re still in the pandemic and this will stop money changing hands at gates,” explained Butler.
“Everyone got a taste of the online tickets for the All-Ireland semi-final and final and this is something similar.”
There will also be a cap on attendances at all grounds with no more than 500 allowed entry into any of the matches across the senior, intermediate or junior championships.
The Mayo GAA secretary believes this will not cause a problem in almost all circumstances.
“Unfortunately, we’re governed by Covid regulations and all capacities are capped at 500, but this shouldn’t cause many difficulties. We’re also streaming some of the games, so this will help accommodate as many people as possible.”
Tickets for all matches have been priced at €10 for adults, €8 for students and senior citizens and €2 for U16s.
Mayo GAA TV
Mayo GAA TV will be streaming the clash of county champions Knockmore and Aghamore on Saturday evening at 5pm as well as the meeting of Westport and Ballaghaderreen on Sunday afternoon at 3.30pm.
Visit mayogaa.com for more details.