A sell-out crowd is expected in Croke Park on Saturday evening as for the All Ireland semi-final showdown between Mayo and Dublin with fans scrambling for tickets.
Tickets went on general sale at 10am this morning with supporters queuing for hours outside Supervalu and Centra stores while many reported issues with the online ticketing service, tickets.ie, which reportedly crashed with the number of requests.
Taking to Twitter to share their frustration, fans told how they were dropped to the end of the queue when the crash occurred.
— Philip Reid (@philreidgolf) August 6, 2019
@officialgaa 3 & a half hours queuing from 10am for tickets for Mayo v Dublin on https://t.co/KVznHgfAbm Eventually get in & then site crashes That’s absolute crap Tells me to reque & there is 20000+ ahead of me
What a joke That’s no game for us now 😠 #mayogaa #gaa @MayoGAA
— Trev (@MarleyTrevor) August 6, 2019
Both Centra and Tickets.ie released statements assuring fans that tickets are still on sale for the highly-anticipated clash and apologised for the inconvenience.
“We’d like to apologise to customers who are having difficulty in purchasing All-Ireland Football Semi-Final tickets in-store. http://Tickets.ie have a queuing system in place to manage the volume of traffic on their system so we’re experiencing delays in stores currently”, Centra Ireland wrote on Twitter.
The game would mark the first sell-out of the year at GAA HQ with the biggest crowd so far recorded at the Tipperary v Wexford All Ireland hurling semi-final when 61,852 came through the turnstiles.
However, it is not the first time that fans have experienced difficulties with purchasing tickets online with similar issues reported for the Super 8s clash of Kerry and Mayo in Killarney last month.