Richard Ferguson

No full stadium for Irish clash

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 4 Nov 2010 at 08:48
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The Springboks might be running out at the new Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon and not be welcomed by a capacity crowd, following a statement by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) that they had made a huge mistake with their ticketing strategy.

Initially, tickets for all four games at the new stadium were sold as a package deal, giving the supporters no choice but to attend all the games. This package was sold for an astonishing €340. Following a fair amount of criticism, the tickets were split into packages of two games.

The new stadium has a 50 000 capacity and it is expected that quite a few seats will be empty, this just one year after 75 000 supporters watched Ireland beat the Springboks at Croke Park.

The average price per ticket is still €85, almost double the ticket prices for Scotland supporters to attend their home match against the All Blacks, who have to fork out €45 at most to attend that game. Converted, to attend the Irish game you will end up paying around R900, that’s double we have to pay in South Africa to attend a match.


  • 40 – 45 euros is a fair price I reckon.

    Perhaps a bit hasty at looking to recoup the money it cost for the upgrade.

    Paid an average of 120 for WC tickets in France

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.11.10 09:01:34 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
  • Greedy bastards.

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.11.10 09:22:22 by McLovin Reply
  • It’s about 100 pounds to go to Twickenham.

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.11.10 09:43:25 by lostfish Reply
    Valued Sharksworld Supporter lostfish
  • @lostfish (Comment 3) : 😯 πŸ˜•

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.11.10 09:55:55 by wpw Reply
  • is 85 euro that expensive for an average Irish?

    i mean the tickets for the soccer city test were like R 500, which is like close to 45 -50 euro.

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.11.10 09:57:45 by rekinek Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 5) : Don’t think it’s the €85 that’s the problem. It’s the fact that you have to at least buy 2 tickets at €170 or so that’s the problem.

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.11.10 10:00:27 by McLovin Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 4) : But they still sell out.

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.11.10 10:01:31 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 7) : That is true. People still go down to the field to look for tickets to get into the game and I have seen people paying 200 pounds for a ticket to the scalpers.

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.11.10 10:08:30 by lostfish Reply
    Valued Sharksworld Supporter lostfish
  • There are lots of games coming up and Sa vs Ireland (likely because of our perfomance in the 3N and the crap rugby we usually dish up on our EOYT’s) tickets haven’t exactly been gold dust.

    People will rather pay BP100 to watch the AB’s than €50 watching the Boks 😯

    And that’s not my opinion, but all the Pom expats around me here in Germany, many of whom are flying out for the games.

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.11.10 12:24:15 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Good that the stadium won’t be packed – for the Boks anyway.

    The problem is that Ireland is in the midst of a major recession: the austerity measures are hurting people in a big way.

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.11.10 12:29:58 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @Big Fish (Comment 10) : The tickets for the Irish game are also €20 more expensive for the same games than last year. They are trying to justify the cost by saying the stadium is nice now the views are better, the hospitality is better blah blah blah.

    They also have a strange package system so you have to buy a ticket for the Samoa game if you want a Bok ticket. You can buy just a Bok ticket but it looks like they are only obstructed view tickets.

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.11.10 12:35:13 by lostfish Reply
    Valued Sharksworld Supporter lostfish
  • @lostfish (Comment 3) : yup – I couldn’t find tickets for less than Β£120. Decided sod that, will watch on TV

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.11.10 12:42:44 by robdylan Reply
  • YIKES!!! And we thought our SA Rugby gang were commercially challenged πŸ™‚

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.11.10 12:43:46 by CS Reply
  • @Big Fish (Comment 10) :

    austerity is a policy of deficit-cutting, lower spending, and a reduction in the amount of benefits and public services provided

    (just in case any of you didn’t know what ‘austerity’ means) πŸ˜•

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.11.10 12:48:53 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 14) : Thanks… did you email Big Fish for the answer before posting that comment :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.11.10 12:54:12 by CS Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 14) : thanks Wes πŸ™‚

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.11.10 12:55:15 by robdylan Reply
  • @CS (Comment 15) :

    I don’t have a clue what you’re on about!! 😳 😈

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.11.10 13:09:56 by wpw Reply
  • @CS (Comment 15) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    On a different note….what do you call Francois Hougaard with an umbrella??

    A Tappit Cover

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.11.10 13:11:29 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : Then you need to factor in parking 25 pounds / transport. Food and drink for the day and you are looking at another 50 – 75 pounds easy. That’s assuming you are going to be leaving sober πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.11.10 13:14:00 by lostfish Reply
    Valued Sharksworld Supporter lostfish
  • @lostfish (Comment 19) : I’d much rather go to Murrayfield with a press pass πŸ™‚

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.11.10 13:21:39 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : makes life easier… show off πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.11.10 13:43:31 by lostfish Reply
    Valued Sharksworld Supporter lostfish
  • I tried to get tickets for this game and the Scottish game.
    No problem with price but you had to buy the package… and the other game was Samoa or someone.
    Why the hell would I want to fly back to Dublin/Edinburgh for that game?

    Effectively they’ve doubled the ticket prices for any SA fans hoping to attend.
    I hope the stadiums are empty and they get a hiding from the Boks.

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.11.10 14:34:23 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Oh,. and tickets to Twickers are not Β£100 minimum, they start at Β£55.
    In fact I’ve never seen any tickets that are more than Β£100, the most expensive I’ve seen is an AB game at Β£90.

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.11.10 14:35:21 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • No Bok team announcement yet? Or have I missed it completely? πŸ˜•

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.11.10 15:40:53 by Original Champion Reply
    Original Pierre

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