Wednesday 15 August 2018

Dublin fans set to out-number Tyrone faithful on their own patch

Dublin fans are on the road to Omagh
Dublin fans are on the road to Omagh
Tyrone's Mickey Harte. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Declan Bogue

Dropping attendances and a fall-off in interest could leave this Saturday’s Phase Two ‘Super 8s’ series game between Tyrone and Dublin feeling like less of a home game for Mickey Harte’s men, as Dublin are expected to outnumber the home support.

The All-Ireland champions are fully subscribed with season-ticket holders, with 2,500 to be accommodated on the standing terraces in Healy Park.

Outside of this, the overall ticket allocation distributed among Dublin clubs is believed to be set at 4,000, with around 1,000 Parnell Park season-ticket holders to be catered for within that number.

Other tickets went on general sale on Monday morning through the usual outlets.

Tyrone have 1,200 season-ticket holders, but the Red Hands are not supported in the same numbers as previous years.

Even this year, they were outnumbered by visitors Monaghan for the Ulster quarter-final in Healy Park, which has a capacity of 17,636, with 4,500 seats, 16 wheelchair places and 13,120 standing terrace spaces.

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