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Razzmatazz to hit Croker

american razzmatazz could be on its way to spice up All-Ireland final weekends.

Croke Park stadium director Peter McKenna is looking to inject some Superbowl style into one of Ireland's most traditional of set-piece occasions.

This season's football final will be preceded by the 'Fever Pitch' comedy and music festival in the stadium the night before which will see Irish acts like Ryan Sheridan, Royseven and Neil Delamere take the stage, while GAA legends like Peter Canavan will be interviewed by Hector O hEochagain and Jimmy Magee.

1,400 tickets will be sold for the event, but McKenna wants to develop the concept and mimic the Super Bowl weekend, when thousands of Americans descend on host cities for festivities of which the match itself is the centrepiece.

With American football set to visit these shores next year when Notre Dame take on Navy, the glitz and glamour is seen as a template for the GAA.

"They do this sort of thing for the Super Bowl," McKenna said yesterday. "These are our national games, we are trying to do something, bringing the best of national games with music, comedy shows and former greats, it really makes a big event."

Irish Independent