THE Cork County Board has announced that a new online ticketing system is being rolled out to safeguard all involved in upcoming county championship games.
That means just 80 supporters, at most, will be able to attend each match in the competitions which commence next Friday night with some high-profile games, including Ballincollig against St Finbarr's and Castlehaven versus Carbery Rangers, which is being screened on the Sunday afternoon at 2pm on TG4.
Tickets will be offered to season and premium ticket holders initially, with the remainder divided evenly between the participating clubs, and anything left after that will go on general sale.
Current government regulation to combat Covid-19 curbs the attendance to 200 including team members, officials and media, no matter what size the venue. That includes the redeveloped Páirc Uí Chaoimh, which hosts St Finbarr's against Glen Rovers on the Saturday of the August Bank Holiday weekend, that hurling cracker will be on RTE at 7pm.
“This system will ensure minimal contact, safe regulation of numbers at venues and ease of contact tracing in the event of a Covid-19 case”, said county chairperson, Tracey Kennedy.
“Full details of the Ticketmaster/Universe system recommended by the GAA will be outlined to clubs early next week, and look forward to seeing it in operation next weekend.
"While operating our games with a limit of 200 in attendance is a huge challenge, we have worked hard to develop an allocation system that is as fair as possible. However, it is absolutely vital for the safe operation of our games that no-one turns up without the appropriate ticket. Everyone from players to host club members to spectators must have a ticket from the online system.”
“Arrangements for the allocation of these tickets have been sent to clubs, along with details of priority arrangements for club season ticket and premium ticket holders, who have already paid for their tickets and will have access to the ticketing system 24 hours ahead of everyone else.
“A number of our games will be broadcast live on TG4 and RTÉ, and we will be confirming the streaming of some games in due course. I know our local media will also do a fantastic job in bringing us details of as many games as possible,” said Kennedy.
Games will be by ticket only, pre-purchased online via Ticketmaster/Universe.
Anyone inside the ground at a game must have a ticket, including players, stewards, media etc, while children of any age must have a ticket.
Tickets will be scanned via mobile phone app at all venues and are priced at €8 for all round-robin games with no concessions are available.
The participating teams and officials will be allocated 40 tickets each, while the host venue/stewards/referees and officials/media will receive 40 tickets between them, allocated by the Cork GAA office.
Season ticket/premium ticket holders have already paid for their tickets, and will have priority access to the online system for 24 hours before everyone else ahead of each round of games (they will be notified when this access is opened) in which to download a ticket for games they wish to attend, subject to certain limitations.
A number of County Championship games will be televised by TG4 and RTÉ.
Other games will be live-streamed – further details to follow.
As always, any live streaming of games by clubs or individuals is not permitted.
Requirements in relation to permission to video games are in place as normal.
The CCC has formally adopted the Croke Park match regulations to apply to all games in the Cork county championships – these have already been sent to clubs.
Any public health issues arising during the championships will be examined on a case-by-case basis by the CCC in line with national GAA and HSE guidance.
As previously communicated, dressing rooms and all other indoor facilities apart from toilets remain closed.
All public health and GAA guidance for attending events should be followed by anyone attending a game in any capacity.