Friday 18 August 2017

Leinster hope ticket-pricing plan will draw bumper crowd

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Leinster Council are offering stand tickets at terrace prices for the Leinster football semi-final double-header on Sunday week.

Spectators can sit in the Davin Stand for €20 as part of the adult club group, where between 15 and 50 adults purchase tickets collectively through their clubs.

The price of a main stand ticket for the Wexford/Carlow and Dublin/Kildare semi-finals is €30, while the Davin Stand is also €30, but a €10 reduction exists under the terms of the adult club group scheme.

Family tickets for the Davin Stand are also available with adults paying the full €30 but children gaining entry for just €5.

Juvenile groups can also be admitted for €3 per head on the Davin Stand.

The details were released by the Leinster Council yesterday to illustrate the value that exists beyond the standard price of a ticket. The capacity of Hill 16 is being cut by over 4,000 for the game as a precautionary measure as stadium staff adjust to the workings of new ticket scanners.

A GAA spokesperson said yesterday that a crowd of between 50,000 and 55,000 would exceed expectations and that an 8,000 Hill 16 capacity should still be sufficient.

advantage

In the lead-up to the Dublin-Kildare clash, Lilies manager Kieran McGeeney has claimed that Dublin's greater familiarity with Croke Park will give them an advantage on Sunday week.

McGeeney, whose Kildare side beat Meath by six points at Croke Park to reach the last four in the province, says 'home' advantage could be worth a few extra points to Pat Gilroy's side.

"It's their home ground and it was a nice move by Pat this year. You play in Croke Park, you get bigger crowds and four or five extra games so you get used to it," said McGeeney, referring to Dublin's decision to play their home league games at Croker.

"For players outside Dublin it is a big deal to play in Croke Park. It can lead to a bit of anxiety.

"On the big day none of the Dublin players will feel that. It's just home from home for them. That in itself will lead to a few extra scores."

Meanwhile, former All Star Ger Farragher has been ruled out of the Galway side to play Dublin in the Leinster SHC semi-final in Tullamore on Saturday evening.

But Joe Canning will start and last year's captain Shane Kavanagh may also return for John McIntyre's side. Farragher is ruled out with a medial knee ligament injury, while Iarla Tannian remains out with a hand injury.

McIntyre intends to name his side after training in Athenry tonight.

Irish Independent

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