Donegal’s GAA Clubs have been given an additional 1,000 extra tickets for Sunday’s crunch match in McCumhaill Park in Ballybofey after Tyrone’s allocation failed to sell out to club members.
Officials from the Red Hand county had originally protested that their initial allocation of 5,750 tickets would not be enough for them and had claimed that the Ballybofey venue was not big enough to meet the anticipated demand.
The surprise allocation of the additional 1,000 tickets is like manna from heaven to many of the strained club officials throughout the county who have been dealing with an unprecedented demand for tickets for this first-round clash, described by the pundits as a “war of attrition”.
The game that has being billed as the biggest first-round tie of the championship will now enjoy increased Donegal support as a result of the returned tickets.
The returned tickets are all terrace tickets and will be divided between Donegal’s 40 clubs. The breakdown is as follows: Aodh Ruadh 23, Ardara 35, Buncrana 36, Burt 23, Carndonagh 24, Cloughaneely 31, Convoy 18, Downings 18, Dungloe 41, Fanad Gaels 20, Four Masters 28, Glenfin 27, Glenswilly 30, Gaoth Dobhair 35, Kilcar 25, Killybegs 31, Letterkenny Gaels 24, Lifford 11, MacCumhaills 31, Malin 37, Milford 19, Moville 21, Muff 15, Na Rossa 22, Naomh Brid 16, Naomh Colmcille 11, Naomh Columba 38, Naomh Conaill 31, Naomh Mhuire 23, Naomh Ultan 16, Pettigo 6, Red Hughs 29, Robert Emmets 20, Setanta 4, St Eunan’s 61, St Michael’s 31, St Naul’s 31, Termon 21, Urris 20.