Wednesday 17 January 2018

Hill capacity to be kept at lower level

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The capacity of Hill 16 will again be reduced for the All-Ireland football final next week, after 700 terrace tickets were held back for the hurling decider. A crowd of 81,765 was registered for hurling's blue riband day, slightly down on what it would normally draw.

GAA officials took the decision to hold the 700 terrace tickets because of the presence of the barrier at the Hill end. Croke Park stadium director Peter McKenna said the move would be reviewed, but the capacity would more than likely remain at what it was on Sunday.

"We'll speak with our health and safety people on the matter but it looks like it will be capped again with the reduction on the Hill," McKenna said.

"It was felt that because of the way the crowd filled up on the Hill for the Cork/Dublin match, a reduction was best advised. Normally it fills from front to back, but for the football semi-final it filled from back to front."

McKenna said the decision wasn't taken because of any potential impairment of vision due to the barrier. "The view is actually quite good, but naturally people will be inclined to try and see over it and that's where the capacity decision is taken in the interests of safety."

The cost of holding back so many tickets would be in the region of €20,000 for the association -- €40,000 when the football final is taken into account.

Irish Independent

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