Friday 19 July 2019

'Páirc will be less than half full' - Brilliant Munster hurling championship to affect football, says former Cork star

An aerial view of Páirc Ui Chaoimh. Photo: Sportsfile
An aerial view of Páirc Ui Chaoimh. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

A first Munster football championship match in Páirc Uí Chaoimh may not even reach half capacity, former Cork footballer Joe Kavanagh has suggested.

The Rebels host Kerry in the first Munster final at the venue in four years but Kavanagh feels the impact of the hurling championship round robin, and Cork's surge through to another Munster final, will tell on Saturday night.

"I can't see any crowd down there, given the crowd that these (round robin) games have attracted," he said.

The new 'Páirc' accommodates 45,000 and while last year's corresponding fixture attracted just under 32,000 to Killarney, Kavanagh doesn't feel the novelty of the fixture's return to Cork will bump up the crowd with a prediction of somewhere in the low 20,000s.

It comes as ticket go on sale for next week's hurling final on the back of a championship that has already recorded a 146pc increase in attendances with seven extra games.

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