Dick Clerkin has doubled down on backing the GAA with regards to their recently announced ticket price hikes for Allianz League games.
The GAA announced last week that tickets bought on the day for Allianz League games will rise by 33% to €20 while also confirming that tickets for this year’s All-Ireland football and hurling finals will increase by €10 to €90 for stand tickets and by €5 to €45 for Hill 16 tickets.
The move has come in for widespread criticism but former Monaghan footballer Clerkin issued a tweet on Saturday recommending that anyone complaining about the price increase should “jog on”.
Clerkin was speaking on Off The Ball AM where he said that the GAA are “not looking to bleed supporters”.
“I’m going to Dublin and Monaghan on Sunday,” told OTBAM.
“It cost me €15. I have the ticket in my hand [and] I’m taking my two boys for free. That’s unbelievable value by any metric. I don’t care what you compare it to; sport, going to the cinema; if I take them to the swimming pool, it’s going to cost me that.”
Clerkin believes that the GAA is, in fact, undervalued and that attending games represents great value for money.
“It’s great value. There hasn’t been a price increase since 2011, I just can’t understand. It’s free to bring your children. Free. What can you bring your children to now, in this day and age, in modern day Ireland, for free?
“Do people want the GAA to give them money at the gate? Would that make them happy?
“If you want to go and watch Liverpool or Manchester United, you’ve no choice but to empty your pockets to bring your child,” Clerkin continued. “If they want to go watch Ireland play the All Blacks or Ireland play England, you’ve no choice but to fork out huge sums of money because that’s just the market. That doesn’t mean that this it’s right, that’s just the model.
“The GAA haven’t gone down that route, there is no comparison. They’re not looking to bleed supporters”.
Clerkin has since been on social media clarifying some of the points he made on air this morning.