Fans left fuming after massive rush to get tickets for Dublin v Mayo replay

NewsBy Karl Doyle
Sunday's drawn encounter will have to be replayed at Croke Park next Saturday - but many are not happy about how the ticket sales went
Sunday's drawn encounter will have to be replayed at Croke Park next Saturday - but many are not happy about how the ticket sales went

Tickets for the eagerly-anticipated All Ireland semi-final replay between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park next Saturday evening sold out in no time this morning – leaving many ticket-hunters with a sour taste in their mouth.

The first batch of tickets for the replay of yesterday’s thriller, which ended in a hard-fought draw, went on sale early this morning – but sold out almost instantly.

It was then announced on the website that a second tranche of tickets would be released later, as the frenzied search continued among fans.

According to reports the second batch went on sale at 11am and, by 12.45pm, they had completely sold out too.

A massive queue formed at the GAA ticket office on Dorset Street all morning – but many fans left empty-handed.

Some have complained that they were online when the tickets went on sale but that when they clicked the ‘buy now’ button nothing was happening.

Many have reported that such was the volume of people who were desperately trying to bag a ticket that the site kept crashing.

Supervalu shops were also inundated with requests for tickets but, in some cases, the cashiers’ equipment kept crashing when trying to process the transactions – thereby hampering their efforts to deal with the busy lunchtime and pre-lunch trade.

One disgruntled fan told us that he had been online constantly since early this morning trying to purchase a ticket for himself and his son, but was repeatedly frustrated in his efforts.

“It’s a bloody joke,” he fumed. “I was on the site constantly… there was no information as to what was happening. Anyone trying to make a purchase was left completely in the dark.

“I go to the vast majority of games with my son - league games and all, when it’s not so glamorous – and all I wanted was to be at least given a clue as to what was going on, and then I would have known if I had a chance of getting a ticket or not.

“It seemed to me like whoever was in charge of the ticketing allocation was just saying ‘sure, we’ll sell this out anyway’. I am extremely disappointed in the whole thing – and that’s putting it mildly. It was a bloody awful mess altogether.”

A GAA statement read: "The GAA can confirm that there will be no more public sales of tickets for Saturday's GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final replay between Dublin and Mayo with the remaining tickets available through the competing counties."