Huge crowds expected for the All-Ireland football semi-finals
Bumper ticket sales ahead of Dublin v Kerry showdown
THE GAA is anticipating bumper crowds for both All-Ireland football semi-finals after an early surge in ticket sales.
Already more than 45,000 tickets have been sold for the Croke Park football double-header on Saturday week, incorporating the inaugural Tailteann Cup final between Cavan and Westmeath before the showcase SFC semi-final between Derry and Galway.
It’s understood that strong interest is emanating from all four counties.
However, if there is to be a full house that weekend, it’s more likely to come on the Sunday when Dublin and Kerry collide in what promises to be a mouth-watering semi-final between the Sam Maguire heavyweights.
Even at this early juncture, a full ten days out from the game, some 40,000 tickets have been sold.
This weekend’s spotlight will be on the All-Ireland senior hurling semi-finals, with current projections that Saturday’s clash of Kilkenny and Clare will attract a crowd of over 40,000 while Sunday’s meeting of holders Limerick and Galway is on course to break the 50,000 barrier.
Meanwhile, as Sunday’s All-Ireland minor hurling final between Offaly and Tipperary heads for a potential sell-out, the GAA has taken steps to prevent access issues for fans as they arrive at UPMC Nowlan Park.