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Friday 19 September 2014

Wexford set to look for Croker quarter-final switch

Published 22/07/2014 | 02:30

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Jack Guiney celebrates with supporters after Wexford's win over Waterford. Demand for tickets for the county's All-Ireland qualifier against Limerick this weekend is soaring. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Jack Guiney celebrates with supporters after Wexford's win over Waterford. Demand for tickets for the county's All-Ireland qualifier against Limerick this weekend is soaring. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

A formal request is to be made by Wexford today for Sunday's All-Ireland hurling quarter-finals to be switched out of Semple Stadium to Croke Park.

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Wexford County Board held a management committee meeting on the back of mounting concern over their dearth of stand tickets and resolved to officially request that the double-header between Wexford and Limerick and Tipperary and Dublin be switched to the capital.

The request is unlikely to be granted as Thurles has become the established home for quarter-finals in recent years but Wexford have suspended ticket sales until tomorrow morning as a precaution.

Demand in Wexford is soaring but last night the county had only received 2,000 stand tickets.

They estimate that there are 22,000 stand tickets in Semple Stadium and understand that many have already been sold online and at ticket outlets throughout the country.

County Board chairman Diarmuid Devereux said they had requests for between 4,500 to 5,000 stand tickets.

He pointed out that some of the 2,000 tickets would have to be distributed among players and officals before they went to clubs.

"We sold 5,000 tickets for Kilkenny the other night, we had 17,000 in Wexford Park for the replay against Clare, most of whom were Wexford people.

"What do I say to the people of Wexford?" he asked.

"This isn't a blame game or anything like that from Wexford. We're not getting into that. I'm sure there will be thousands of extra supporters there because of the clamour for tickets anyway," he said.

"But there is an empty stadium up the road that can give everybody a seat who wants to buy a seat. If you want to buy a seat you can buy a seat in Croke Park for €30.

"I just don't understand the logic. Why make 20,000 people stand when there is no need for it. They're not patrons, they're customers," Devereux pointed out.

Irish Independent

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