It’s the most eagerly anticipated football match of the summer but frustrated Kerry and Mayo supporters will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on a coveted ticket for Sunday’s Super 8s opener in Killarney.
Tickets were due to go on sale online and at various SuperValu outlets this morning but fans were left baffled when they were informed that no tickets were available.
An official Kerry GAA tweet sent out at 9.40am said that tickets could now be purchased on the GAA section of tickets.ie. However, when they clicked the link, fans were greeted with a message saying that, ‘There are no tickets available at this time. Please check later.’
Kerry GAA’s tweet was quickly deleted.
Fans who refreshed the Kerry v Mayo event page at 10am – the same time the other Super 8s games were scheduled to go on sale – reported that the page didn’t load for 20 minutes. When it did, the same message appeared.
By this stage, supporters from other counties were also complaining on Twitter that no pages on the gaa.tickets.ie website were loading.
Eventually, at 10.30am, Kerry and Mayo fans browsing on mobile were informed that, ‘This event was not found in the database’ while those using the desktop site got the following message: ‘The event you are trying to reach does not exist on our system because it either expired or it was never published.’
Tickets for the other Super 8s games then became available but Kerry v Mayo was completely removed from the website.
For their part, tickets.ie responded to several angry complaints on Twitter by saying that they were “awaiting word from the GAA as to when these [Kerry v Mayo tickets] will go on sale”.
At 12.15pm, Kerry GAA sent out the following tweet:
“We know people are frustrated regarding the ticket situation. Tickets are issued by Croke Park not Kerry GAA. We have been told that it will be the afternoon at the earliest before they become available. As soon as we get more information, we will make it available.”
Meanwhile, a large number of Kerry fans who had been queuing at SuperValu stores since 10am were also told that no tickets were available. They were advised to go home and keep an eye on Facebook for updates.
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