Friday 28 July 2017

League finals expected to draw 50,000 crowd to Croke Park

GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail (pictured) declared himself “delighted with the response from the public Photo: Sportsfile
GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail (pictured) declared himself “delighted with the response from the public Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

The GAA are expecting an attendance in excess of 50,000 for the Division 1 and 2 Football League finals in Croke Park on Sunday week.

That figure will far exceed the 31,000 that turned up for the same fixtures 12 months ago, with the upsurge in interest being credited to both the pairing of Dublin and Kerry in the final along with the Laochra show in Croke Park which will commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising.

More than 3,500 performers will take part in the display, which takes place after the Division 1 final.

Tyrone's clash with Cavan in the Division 2 final, which throws in at 1.30, is also on the bill and will start the day's activities at headquarters.

GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail (left) declared himself "delighted with the response from the public".

However, ticket prices have risen sharply on the corresponding fixtures 12 months ago. They have increased by €10 to €35, almost 30pc more than the €25 'on the day' price last year and more than 40pc up on the advance cost of €20.

Tickets for the Division 3 and 4 finals have been fixed at €20 for adults and €5 for children, the same prices as in 2015.

Irish Independent

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