According to this morning’s Irish Times, the IRFU have increased the price of a ticket by 18.75% versus the last time we played France and England at Croke Park.
Obviously the tooth fairy is still alive and well at Rugby headquarters. EDIT: sorry I meant the celtic tiger is still alive and well at Rugby headquarters.
The Irish Times points out that the most expensive ticket, outside the premium and corporate levels, for next Saturday’s Six Nations clash with France is €95, an 18.75 per cent increase for the same seat (€80) two years ago when the Ireland rugby team played their first international at GAA headquarters, coincidentally against the French.
The decision taken by the IRFU is in marked contrast to the policy adopted by the FAI and GAA. Peter Sherrard, the FAI’s director of communications explained: “We have given an undertaking to maintain our current price levels until at least 2012 in recognition of the current economic climate and as a thank you for the loyalty of the fans.”
GAA spokesman Fergal McGill pointed out: “Our attitude is the same as everyone else’s really in that we are taking into account the economic realities. Out last price increase was in 2007 and we have no plans to increase prices this year.”
The comparison of ticket prices between the three national sporting bodies doesn’t take into account the fact the IRFU must completely fund professional and amateur rugby alike. They pay the salaries of the professional players while also underpinning the club, youth and schools sections.
The IRFU’s commercial and marketing director, Padraig Power, pointed out: “The vast majority of tickets we have sold for the home Six Nations matches were purchased as part of packages. Ireland’s games against New Zealand and France were paired as were those of Argentina and England. If supporters bought one or both of those packages then the cost of a stand ticket works out at €85.