Dubs' league games set for Croker
Published 15/12/2010 | 05:00
Gaelic games: Dublin are in talks with Croke Park to play all four NFL matches in 2011 at headquarters, writes Colm Keys.
It has already been decided that the Dublin footballers and hurlers will come together on the same double bill on Saturday, February 19, to play All-Ireland champions in both codes, Cork and Tipperary.
But the programme could be extended to include all of Dublin's football league fixtures at the 82,500-seater stadium.
Dublin have played league matches twice in the last four years to a near-capacity stadium against Tyrone. It is envisaged that they would play all future Croke Park games as the main attraction on double-headers with Dublin Ladies football and camogie teams.
Dublin's other football league games are against Kerry, Down and Mayo which will all have the potential to attract big crowds if they are marketed well. But Dublin and Croke Park will be mindful that they only attracted 20,000-plus crowds to their qualifier games against Tipperary and Armagh at the height of the championship in July.
Croke Park would welcome the added business now that international rugby and soccer have gone back to Dublin's southside.
Meanwhile, Galway GAA officials have been shocked after being told that their senior hurlers will have to participate in the Leinster senior hurling championship until at least 2013 -- two seasons longer than they agreed to after a contentious vote a couple of years ago.
Their controversial move to Leinster was due to be reviewed at the end of the specified term in 2011. But Galway have now been told by Croke Park that they must participate in Leinster until the end of the 2013 campaign because of a new rule which was passed at the GAA Congress in Newcastle last year.