Thursday 24 October 2019

Dubs hit the road but won't bring enough fans to sell out Nowlan Park

Hill 16 packed with supporters. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile
Hill 16 packed with supporters. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Dublin footballers’ first championship game outside Croke Park for ten years will not attract a full house to Nowlan Park on Saturday evening for the clash with Laois.

Around 14,000 tickets had been sold by yesterday and latest Leinster Council estimates are that around 20,000 will attend. Nowlan Park has a capacity  of  25,000. Laois complained when the game was fixed for Kilkenny rather than Portlaoise late last year and are still sore that O’Moore Park is not hosting the occasion.

Leinster Council marketing and PR manager Cian Murphy said that the decision to play the game in Nowlan Park was never meant as a slight on O’Moore Park but rather a practical response to capacity issues.

“We wanted to provide seated accommodation for as many people as possible. Nowlan Park has 17,800 seats,” he said.

The O’Moore Park stand can cater for around 6,000 people.

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