Sunday 19 November 2017

Draw set to deliver bonanza paydays

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

FINANCE is very important to the various GAA units around the country in these trying economic times, so the provincial council officers would have been watching the 2013 championship draws with extra interest.

Certain draws can create a bonanza, while others can be very costly. There is no better example than the 2012 Munster football championship when the final between Cork and Clare attracted a crowd of only around 11,000 people, costing the Munster Council over a quarter of a million euro in gate receipts compared to what they would have taken for a Cork-Kerry final. That's what we are going to get in 2013, barring a miracle, so a crowd of at least 30,000 can be expected.

The Connacht Council were also in luck with a Galway-Mayo clash in the first round, with the winners playing Roscommon in what will be another big crowd-puller. And, after that, they still have their final which always draws a very good crowd, so happy days for Connacht.

The Ulster Council have a problem but a happy one. Will they bring the hugely attractive Donegal-Tyrone game to Clones, which has a capacity of over 30,000, or to Ballybofey, where the capacity would be less than 20,000? That's a tricky one, with Donegal being All-Ireland champions and, according to the draw, entitled to home advantage.

Irish Independent

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