Monday, September 10, 2007
GAA chiefs have vowed to review their ticketing system after a technical problem left officials red faced at Croke Park yesterday.
Supporters attending the All-Ireland U-21 and camogie finals experienced difficulties purchasing tickets — and entering the ground — for the deciders. One thousand supporters received free entry to the ground as a result of the glitch.
The GAA issued an apology for the incident last night.
"The GAA and Croke Park stadium authorities have issued an apology to supporters who experienced delays when purchasing tickets, and while queuing to gain access to Croke Park for yesterday’s U-21 Hurling final and All-Ireland Camogie finals.
"The GAA explained that the delays occurred because of a technical malfunction with the computer system used for printing tickets.
"It was confirmed that while the majority of ticket holders in the 33,154 attendance experienced little difficulty in this regard, approximately 1,000 patrons who had not purchased tickets were granted free admission to the stadium when extra gates were opened to relieve congestion at the main turnstiles.
"The Association has said that it will be reviewing the operation of the current ticketing system to ensure that there is no repeat of such incidents in the future."