Following significant enquiries to the British & Irish Lions management regarding the level of ticket pricing for the 2009 tour, Lions Chief Executive John Feehan has today denied allegations that the British & Irish Lions had any involvement in the setting of ticket prices.
Commenting on how the ticket prices for the tour matches were set, Lions CEO John Feehan said: “The South African Rugby Union and its provincial Unions had sole responsibility for the setting of ticket prices for the British & Irish Lions tour and the Lions management had no input whatsoever into any of this.
“The Lions did appoint official overseas travel agencies to service the requirements of travelling British & Irish Lions supporters.
“However, the tickets for this programme were purchased at full price from the South African Rugby Union by the British & Irish Lions.
“It is true to say we are very surprised at the level of the attending crowds. The Lions’ only visit South Africa every 12 years and it is therefore disappointing that the stadiums have been far from full,” added Feehan, the former Leinster and Irish Universities prop.