Saturday 22 July 2017

GAA hands Páirc Uí Chaoimh two days in sun

All-Ireland quarter-finals have traditionally been played in Semple Stadium as double-headers but with Páirc Uí Chaoimh now open for business
All-Ireland quarter-finals have traditionally been played in Semple Stadium as double-headers but with Páirc Uí Chaoimh now open for business
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The potential for both All-Ireland hurling quarter-finals to sell out has convinced the GAA to split them the weekend after next with Saturday and Sunday afternoon games fixed for Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

All-Ireland quarter-finals have traditionally been played in Semple Stadium as double-headers but with Páirc Uí Chaoimh now open for business, after a three-week delay in handing over the keys to Cork GAA, the newly-constructed Leeside venue was promised the matches.

The GAA believe that while Wexford and Waterford has the potential to sell out on its own, the novelty value to Cork supporters, already buoyed by their Munster hurling success in what has been a thrilling championship summer, and regular GAA supporters of witnessing the first game in the new 'Páirc', will inflate an attendance that might have come in at around 25,000 in normal circumstances.

Tipp and Clare, who had so many powderkeg Munster championship battles in Páirc Uí Chaoimh in the late 1990s and early 2000s, have been fixed for Saturday (3pm) while Wexford v Waterford will take place the following day at 4pm.

Thurles will host the Tipperary/Armagh 3B football qualifier at 5pm on Saturday with Netwatch Cullen Park staging Carlow and Monaghan.

The following weekend Mayo meet Cork in a 4B qualifier in Limerick's Gaelic Grounds at 5pm, with Donegal and Galway playing in Markievicz Park at 7pm.

 

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