Roscommon GAA has announced details of a new cashless ticketing arrangement for the Roscommon GAA club hurling and football championships in 2020. The arrangement will see supporters purchasing tickets online before entry into any game.
Seamus Sweeney, Roscommon GAA Chairman said: “Because of Covid-19 we need to be proactive in how we do our business. This partnership between Roscommon GAA and Future Ticketing will deliver many benefits. There will be less cash involved in our activities. We will be able to manage numbers at our games as per government guidelines. In addition, we will be able to provide a record of the attendance at our games to allow for contact tracing if required and it also helps to protect our volunteer staff on gate duties”.
All club matches will be pre-sold ticket only, starting with the Kepak Hurling Championships which throw in this weekend and the football championships the weekend after.
To purchase a ticket people will normally go to the Roscommon GAA website and click on the ‘buy match tickets’ link. This will guide the purchaser to the page where they fill in their details and card details and receive their tickets as an email to their email account.
On match-day, tickets from either mobile phones or printouts will be scanned using high-tech laser mobile scanners at each venue in order to ensure that full contact tracing information for all attendees will be available to statutory authorities should it be required.
Since only 200 people are allowed at venues (including players and officials) Roscommon GAA are working with the participating clubs in this weekends games to distribute the tickets via the clubs. Each club will have 50 tickets to sell and any tickets which remain unsold will be returned to Roscommon GAA for general online sale.
For the Football Championship, where it looks like a game may sell out Roscommon GAA will make a number of tickets available via the two clubs first, before allowing the remainder to be sold to the general public.
David O’Connor, Roscommon County Board Treasurer said: “Limited capacity means we must make difficult choices and our priority is always to ensure that we create as safe an environment as possible for all our supporters and to try to minimise as many risks as possible. With this in mind I respectfully request the cooperation of clubs and supporters at the venues. No ticket means no entry. By removing cash, we are reducing a risk of contamination and minimising the dangers for volunteers on the day and in advance”.
Seamus Sweeney, Roscommon GAA Chairman added: “The limited capacity means that some people will be disappointed, but our system is designed to as much as possible facilitate our committed supporters”.