18 January, 2011

GAA make a wise move:

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Croke Park:  Wise weekend move
     The GAA has announced that it is to cut the cost of attending games, with a 13.3% drop in the admission prices for this seasons league matches.
     From next month the cost of attending a league game in the first and second divisions of the football league and first division of the hurling will fall from €15 to €13. It will now cost €10 to attend Division 3 and Division 4 NFL games and just €5 to view hurling games below the top division.
These new figures were announced at Saturday’s Central Council meeting, which also heard Croke Park Financial Manager Tom Ryan say that their was a need for further belt-tightening within the organisation.
Tom Ryan (left); Séamus McCloy & GAA President Christy Cooney (right)
     The latter explained that revenues were expected to be down on 2010 figures, which actually saw crowds increase for the second successive year.
     Gate receipts dropped in 2009 by almost €1m and this figure is expected to fall further when figures are released in March. However, revenues held up well from the €68m figure for 2009 reported last March.
     The governing body will also undergo a consultation process with provincial councils over the next three weeks to determine what further cuts they can make in relation to ticket prices.
     These price reductions are a very important step for the GAA, who needed to be seen not be taking their loyal supporters for  granted in these harsh economic times. Further ticket price reductions can be expected before the start of the GAA Champion seasons in the summer.

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