Páirc Uí Chaoimh, the major Gaelic sport stadium in Cork, Ireland, has announced it will offer five and three-year tickets in a bid to boost long-term attendance figures.
The comprehensive packages to see any Gaelic Athletics Association (GAA) sports, such as Gaelic football and hurling, will cost €4,000 (£3,533/$4,892) for a five-year ticket, and €2,500 for a three-year.
According to the Evening Echo news website, Páirc Uí Chaoimh’s commercial manager Patrick Doyle said that, while 10-year tickets are already an option for €6,500 each, it is hoped that the shorter-term packages will help to “stimulate the market” at the 45,000-capacity venue.
“We’re looking to enhance the packages so our 10-year deal, we were delighted with the uptake, but we felt we needed to add more choice,” said Doyle.
“Other stadiums have done the same, Croke Park included, so we’ve added a five- and three-year ticket package. Our 10-year ticket customers have pretty much secured the tickets between the 45-metre lines. They had first dibs on the seats, so those are gone.
“We feel that adding these packages may stimulate the market more, but all the advantages which go with the 10-year packages go along with these also, such as access to local championship games and to concert tickets.
“The only current benefit that they can’t avail of is purchasing Ed Sheeran tickets, because that particular horse has bolted. But new concerts, those seat holders will be able to access tickets for those.”
The stadium reopened in July last year after new seating manifests were built and a new access control system was installed. Tickets.ie, Ireland’s largest independent ticket operator, said it worked with the GAA for several months in preparation for the reopening.
The GAA National League campaign will kick off on January 27 with both the Cork footballers and Cork hurlers making their competitive debut in the new stadium.
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