Sunday 22 September 2019

Roscommon satisfied Hyde safety issues can be addressed for Connacht final


Roscommon manager Kevin McStay. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile
Roscommon manager Kevin McStay. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Roscommon are confident safety issues jeopardising a potential Connacht final with Galway in Dr Hyde Park can be addressed over the next three weeks.

Roscommon are in line to host the final at 'the Hyde', in accordance with a rota system between themselves, Mayo and Galway, should Galway prevail against Sligo on Sunday.

But issues around ticket scanning and egress from the venue have been raised, putting it in doubt.

Roscommon manager Kevin McStay was steadfast in his conviction after last Saturday's semi-final win over Leitrim that they won't be playing a Connacht final with Galway anywhere else.

Discussions around the issues are continuing but McStay's commitment to the venue is shared by everyone associated with Roscommon.

When Dr Hyde Park hosted the 2015 Connacht final between Mayo and Sligo the attendance was 23,147 and there is much confusion now as to why there are issues just three years on.

Roscommon GAA could need up to €30,000 to purchase scanning equipment if they get the green light to host the game.

The county's finances are in poor shape. However, hosting the game could generate more than €40,000 in ground rent with further commercial and advertising revenue streams available.

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Connacht Council has held off on a decision on venue selection.

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