The GAA has confirmed that ticket prices for the replay of the All Ireland Football Final will drop by one third for stand and terrace tickets, and that there will be a limited number of children’s tickets made available through clubs at a cost of only €10.
The drop echoes that which has been applied to all recent All Ireland Final replays and is a welcome one for fans making the journey to Croke Park again.
The distribution of tickets will be through similar channels as for the first match though there will be a bonus for the competing counties with as many as 8,000 extra tickets going through clubs that went to Cork and Galway for the teams competing in the Electric Ireland All Ireland Minor Final on Sunday.
In a short statement confirming the ticket price details the GAA also said it would “like to thank members and supporters for their continued support of our games.”
There was an easy to predict rush to criticise the GAA for seemingly not just throwing open the gates and allowing everyone in for free but this is a fair move designed to lessen the financial burden on fans.
This year’s final is perhaps further complicated for Dublin fans who would also be looking at turning out the following afternoon to support the Dublin Women in their bid for a third succesive title in the TG4 All Ireland Ladies Football Final.
The GAA has also confirmed that Conor Lane from Cork has been appointed to referee the Final replay.
It has also been the norm to have a different team of officials at All Ireland Final Replays in both Hurling and Football.
RTÉ and Sky Sports will both broadcast the Final in full, while it will also be covered live on RTÉ Radio, the RTÉ Player and via GAAGo around the world.
RTÉ revealed on Monday that 1,099,900 people tuned in at the peak of Sunday’s game. The average audience was 968,700, significantly more than for the Hurling final which drew an average of 804,500.
Both will still be high among the Top 20 Broadcasts of 2019 with the Final Replay promising to hit another high.
Last year more people tuned into the Hurling Final which looked an anomaly at the time and does so now again.