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Dublin and Mayo have the maximum season-ticket holders allowed, which is around 3,500. Photo: Sportsfile

Dublin and Mayo have the maximum season-ticket holders allowed, which is around 3,500. Photo: Sportsfile

Dublin and Mayo have the maximum season-ticket holders allowed, which is around 3,500. Photo: Sportsfile

The GAA will relaunch its season ticket for 2022, but prices are expected to increase by 25 per cent, it has emerged.

The scheme was suspended for 2021 due to Covid restrictions around crowds and the curtailment of games, but in anticipation of a full programme with crowds taking place next year, the two options will again be available to supporters.

The season ticket for 2022 is expected to cost €150, a rise from €120, a Central Council meeting heard at the weekend. And the club-plus ticket, that offers entry to all club games in a county, on top of entry to a county’s full league programme and the opening championship match, will now be €250, up from €200.

Counties that sell club-plus tickets retain €150, while the standard season ticket yields €50.

Among those counties with the highest quota of season-ticket holders are Dublin and Mayo who have the maximum allowed, which is around 3,500.

The season ticket has also offered entry to the All-Ireland club finals and a €5 reduction on all championship tickets involving the purchaser’s nominated county, with the exception of an All-Ireland final.

For All-Ireland final tickets, season-ticket holders have been guaranteed purchase of a ticket if their county is involved, but it’s not clear if this will remain part of the package.

The club-plus package was considered very good value at €200. Many counties were charging €20 for a senior county final in recent weeks, while Kildare were up to €22.

It is not anticipated that general admission prices to inter-county games will increase for 2022, with a move towards pre-purchase only strengthening.

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