CROKE PARK is gearing up for by far the biggest GAA attendance of the year to date when Dublin and Kildare top the bill for next Sunday's Leinster SFC semi-final double-header.
"There seems to be great interest – we are definitely looking at 50,000-plus," predicted Leinster Council chairman Martin Skelly.
"Wexford and Meath is a very difficult game to call and it's just a mouthwatering prospect in itself.
"People may call Dublin and Kildare the main event of the day, but it's a fantastic double-header.
"In fact it's a fantastic festival of football. And the prize is huge – a place in the Leinster final."
The crowds flocking to watch Dublin have definitely dropped in the post-bubble era, with fans more selective about the early provincial rounds. As a result, the recent double-header comprising quarter-final victories for Kildare and Dublin was watched by 33,008.
But Skelly declared: "Our experience this year to date is that the crowds have been fantastic. We find that people are voting with their feet and going to matches."