The Central Countil have today voted to increase the price of entry for Allianz League games by €5, starting at next week’s opening round of games.
At the moment tickets are costing punters €15 on the day of the game or €12 if purchased before game day. Tickets to the hurling final have been €25 while the football equivalents have been €30, and this is also expected to be subject to the price hike.
It’s an astonishing increase that will blindside fans just a week out from the opening flurry of games. For dedicated match goers who purchase their tickets at the ground, the round robin games will now cost an outlay of €100, and that’s before the potential cost of knockout games are included.
This is in addition to the increased volume of championship games, with the new round robin format in Munster and Leinster meaning a minimum of four games for hurling counties, while footballers have the Super 8 series to contend with later in the summer. In spite of the increased number of fixtures, attendances held firm throughout the majority of the summer.
A league price hike seems haphazard, however the Council have yet to explain the reasoning behind the change.
Given the increased number of games county teams have to contend with during the year, as well as the increased quality of TV coverage and the demand for wider coverage and highlights of games from various sources, league attendances may suffer negatively now that fans must dig deeper into their pockets.
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