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‘Crazy demand’ for All-Ireland tickets

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EXPERIENCED OVERVIEW Connacht GAA secretary John Prenty says this year’s GAA inter-county season was ‘a great success’. Pic: Sportsfile

Mike Finnerty

THERE is a ‘crazy demand’ for tickets for next Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC Final between Galway and Kerry that is ‘actually worse than if Mayo were playing’.
That’s according to Connacht GAA Council secretary John Prenty, who told The Mayo News last night (Monday) that Galway supporters are ‘scouring the whole of Connacht for tickets’ for Sunday’s big match.
“It’s going to be a sell-out,” confirmed the experienced GAA administrator.
“There’s a crazy demand for tickets, it’s actually worse than if Mayo were playing in an All-Ireland. That’s my sense of it anyway, the demand is definitely as bad as if Mayo were playing.
“I know the hurling final doesn’t always sell out, but the football final always does. Kerry and Galway are two big counties, Galway haven’t been in a final since 2001, and there’s a huge demand in Kerry too by all accounts,” he explained.
“I know a lot of Galway people are scouring the whole of Connacht for tickets for Sunday.
“It’s 21 years since they were there and they feel they have a great chance.
“I actually think they have a great chance as well, and it would be good for all the counties in Connacht if Galway were to win. It would definitely be a spur to drive on for the likes of Roscommon and Mayo, and give a boost to Sligo and Leitrim too.”
Sunday’s final will bring the curtain down on the inter-county season, approximately two months earlier than usual as the GAA’s ‘split-season’ model prepares to shift the focus exclusively to the club calendar.
Reflecting on the first inter-county season that has been played under the new calendar, John Prenty described year one of the ‘split-season’ as ‘a great success’.
“I think the new schedule and format for the football and hurling championships this year has been a great success. And there will be some tweaks to it next year, which are still being worked on, so I’m looking forward to that,” he said.
“I know there’s been some talk about drawn matches going to extra-time and being decided on the day, but I wouldn’t see any need to introduce replays into either championships, even at the All-Ireland quarter-final or semi-final stage, as that will only lead to pushing the inter-county season on for another few extra weeks,” he continued.
“And I wouldn’t be in favour at this stage of seeing the inter-county season running into August. Because clubs are looking forward to getting their players back and I think we’re going to see the best of the split-season in the coming months with the club championships.
“In terms of the existing games schedule for inter-county, the only question I’d ask is, do we need league finals? If you finish top of your division in the league, then I believe you should be the league champions,” he concluded.

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