CROKE PARK is increasingly confident that the All-Ireland SFC semi-final between Dublin and Donegal will deliver the GAA its first sell-out of 2011.
With a frenzy of ticket interest emerging from both competing counties, Croker chiefs believe we could be looking at our first 82,300 capacity crowd of this recession-hit summer. “We are heading in the direction of a sell-out already, nine days out from the semi-final,” confirmed GAA communications manager Alan Milton today.
Depending on the extent of Dublin county board’s ticket request, you may even find there are no more tickets available after this weekend. Already:
? The Donegal county board has requested 15,000 tickets. ? 22,000 had been sold via the GAA’s ticket office, www.gaa.ie and other outlets by last Tuesday. ? 10,000 corporate seats are also set to be snapped up.
“The Tyrone win has captured the imagination of Dublin supporters,” Milton confirmed. “Also the semi-final is a big day for neutrals because they cannot buy tickets for the final.” Presuming the 80,000 barrier is breached, it will signify a major upsurge on the 52,661 crowd for Dublin’s quarter-final demolition of Tyrone.
The highest attendance of the season was 58,723 for a Leinster SFC semi-final double-header in June, when Dublin and Kildare were the headline act.