Friday 24 May 2019

Clash of 2018 champions to attract 35,000

Munster Council are planning for a crowd of around 35,000 for All-Ireland champions Limerick's opening game of the 2019 championship against reigning Munster champions Cork at the LIT Gaelic Grounds (pictured) on Sunday. Photo: Sportsfile
Munster Council are planning for a crowd of around 35,000 for All-Ireland champions Limerick's opening game of the 2019 championship against reigning Munster champions Cork at the LIT Gaelic Grounds (pictured) on Sunday. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Munster Council are planning for a crowd of around 35,000 for All-Ireland champions Limerick's opening game of the 2019 championship against reigning Munster champions Cork at the LIT Gaelic Grounds on Sunday.

That's similar to the number - 34,607 - who watched last year's third-round fixture in Páirc Uí Chaoimh when the sides finished level.

It's an early estimate based on advanced ticket sales but interest in the game in Limerick is naturally high, although Cork's defeat to Tipperary last Sunday may limit the speed of ticket sales on Leeside.

With a further 20,000 earmarked for Semple Stadium, where Tipperary host Waterford, Munster GAA could close in on the 100,000 mark after just two weekends and are on course to match the 250,000 that watched last year's provincial championship.

The third-round fixtures that see Waterford and Clare at home to Limerick and Tipperary will have limited capacities, however, at Walsh Park and Cusack Park.

Last year's Munster hurling championship took in more than €4m in gate receipts, a rise of €1.5m on the previous year.

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