Tuesday 17 October 2017

Croke Park hope bumper 30,000-strong crowd can raise roof for league lift-off

Brian Cody's Kilkenny men will face Dublin in Croke Park
Brian Cody's Kilkenny men will face Dublin in Croke Park
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

The GAA are preparing for a crowd in excess of 20,000 at Saturday night's hurling and football double-header at Croke Park.

And officials are hopeful that figure could be pushed closer to the 30,000 mark should conditions be favourable and attract a large walk-up crowd on the night.

The addition of the Walsh Cup clash between Dublin and Kilkenny after the original fixture was postponed last weekend is a boost to what is the first inter-county action at HQ this year.

Kilkenny return to Croke Park having not played at the venue in a disappointing 2013 for Brian Cody's men. The hurling is the curtain-raiser to the start of the NFL season where Kerry face reigning All-Ireland champions Dublin, which is live on Setanta Ireland. Derry's clash with Tyrone is live on Setanta Sports 1.

Divisions 2 and 3 also see action on Saturday night: Down face Ulster champions Monaghan in Newry and Cavan take on Fermanagh in Breffni Park. All four games throw-in at 7.0.

Tickets bought in advance are available at a reduced price of €10, available from usual outlets.

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