30 March, 2011

Sign of economic times as FAI scrap ticket bundling policy:

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Ireland's key clash with Macedonia was characterised by (20,000) empty seats
Following poor ticket sales for the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifying game against Macedonia and the friendly with Uruguay, the FAI is to scrap the policy of selling tickets in bundles for multiple games.
In a statement released today, the governing body revealed that "following a review, it will sell (tickets for) all of its upcoming home matches (Northern Ireland, Scotland, Slovakia and Armenia) on a single basis."
A disappointing attendance of 30,000 turned out for the crucial qualification game with Macedonia and that appears to have forced the organisation's hand.
FAI have been forced to reduce ticket prices
Tickets for that game could only be bought as a part of a package that included a ticket for the Republic's friendly encounter with World Cup semi-finalists Uruguay, or as standalone 'premium' tickets.
Tickets for friendly internationals will continue to cost €30 and €45, while tickets for Euro 2012 qualification games will be priced at €60 and €45.
The statement added: "the association will continue to offer 1,350 seats for €10 each through its schoolboy/girl affiliates as well as continuing to operate its family section consisting of 2,000 seats in which four tickets can be purchased for €80 through selected media partners."
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