The Tipperary and Cork players pictured during last summer's pre-match parade at Semple Stadium.
The countdown to the forthcoming Munster Senior Hurling Championship has begun in earnest with the news that tickets to all ten matches will go on sale on Tuesday, May 1st. And, blue and gold supporters are warned to note that the vast majority of the stand tickets at each venue will be sold via a ticket agency - pre-purchase stand (€20) and terrace (€15) tickets will be available from next Tuesday while tickets on the day of the game cost €5 more; juvenile entry (under-16) is priced at €5.
The tickets will go on sale from Supervalu and Centra outlets and online at tickets.ie from Tuesday, May 1st - the respective County Boards will receive an allocation of tickets for distribution to clubs as usual, but the majority of tickets are expected to be sold from the aforementioned shop outlets and online.
"In recent years there has been a major change in how supporters purchase tickets with greater numbers of tickets being sold through the Tickets.ie network and less tickets being sold through County Boards. Last year, for example, for the two hurling semi- finals and the quarter-final, of the total attendance of 82,429 that attended the three games Tickets.ie (Supervalu, Centra and online) sold 48,639 (59%) of tickets while the participating counties sold 10,751 or 13% of tickets. Sales at the ground amounted to 9,685 tickets or 11.7%. Other channels, such as sales to the Season Ticket scheme, accounted for the remainder," in-coming Munster Council Secretary Kieran Leddy explained this week.
"The new format will present new challenges in terms of ticket sales and it will be impractical for counties and clubs to handle large amounts of tickets, given that there will be just one week between most of the games.
“It is time consuming for clubs to receive orders, forward orders to the County Board, receive their allocation, distribute the tickets, collect the payment and forward the payment to the County Board. Therefore, our aim is to place the majority of stand tickets on sale through the Tickets.ie network and to encourage pre-match day sales," Kieran Leddy outlined.
"We want to avoid large numbers of people coming to the grounds on the day to purchase and with 120 Supervalu and Centra stores across the province selling GAA match tickets, and with the buy online and print at home option, it has never been more convenient for supporters to source tickets. We also want to ensure that those who buy early get the best available tickets. However, County Boards will receive an allocation for distribution to clubs, sponsors, players and so on, but the majority of tickets will be placed on sale through the Tickets.ie network, which as already stated, has been selling most of our tickets in recent years."
The Munster Council has insisted that it was difficult to make a ticket package available to supporters due to the varying sizes of the stadiums involved.
Sunday, May 20th
Limerick v Tipperary in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick @ 2pm
Sunday, May 27th
Tipperary v Cork in Semple Stadium, Thurles @ 2pm
Sunday, June 3rd
Waterford v Tipperary in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick @ 4pm
Sunday, June 10th
Tipperary v Clare in Semple Stadium, Thurles @ 2pm
The final of the Munster Senior Hurling Championship is scheduled to take place on July 1st, the All-Ireland quarter-finals on July 15th, the semi-finals on July 29th and the final on August 19th.
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