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Mayo GAA defend ticket prices

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WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES Only 200 supporters were allowed in to watch last year's Mayo SFC Final due to Covid-19 restrictions. There will be approximately 3,500 spectators at next Sunday's decider in Ballina. Pic: Sportsfile

Michael Gallagher

THE Mayo senior club football championship final is one of the most attractive matches in the country and the Mayo GAA executive thought long and hard before fixing ticket prices for next Sunday’s clash between Belmullet and Knockmore at €20.
That was the message delivered by Mayo GAA CCC chairman Con Moynihan, when he spoke to The Mayo News last night (Monday).
“County finals are special occasions and we felt that €20 for an adult and €15 for an OAP or student was a fair price for entry to such a hotly-anticipated match,” Moynihan explained before saying that a large crowd is expected in James Stephens Park, Ballina for the meeting of reigning champions Knockmore and their North Mayo neighbours Belmullet.
“The capacity is somewhere around 3,500 and we expect a full-house. Online sales are very healthy already and there’s great interest from neutrals as well as the clubs,” the Ballaghadereen clubman added,
Sunday’s final will bring to an end a busy weekend of championship finals with the County Junior and Intermediate deciders being contested on Saturday and the County Junior B final played on Sunday morning.
Cill Chomáin and Kilmeena will face off in the Junior final in Crossmolina on Saturday, and with both sides sporting identical home and away jerseys, a compromise had to be reached.
“We brought all eight clubs in for a pre-finals meeting last Thursday and it proved to be very worthwhile,” explained Con Moynihan. “There’s a lot of paperwork and regulations around finals and we wanted to get them dealt with as soon as possible so that clubs could concentrate on getting ready for the big day.
“If there’s a clash of colours usually both teams change but both Cill Chomáin and Kilmeena were the same so a compromise was reached, and Kilmeena will wear white and Cill Chomain black on Saturday.”
Mayo GAA TV will carry live coverage of three finals this weekend with the junior B clash between Eastern Gaels and CLG Thuar Mhic Éadaigh, the Junior A and intermediate deciders between Ballyhaunis and Mayo Gaels all covered.
The senior final will be broadcast live on TG4.
Ticket prices for the respective County Finals are as follows: Junior B: Adult €8 OAP/Student €5; Junior A: Adult €10 OAP / Student €8; Intermediate: Adult €15 OAP/Student €12; Senior: Adult €20 OAP/Student/Child €15.
All tickets for next weekend’s games must be bought online in advance as no tickets will be on sale at any of the venues on match-day. Visit mayogaa.com for more details.

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