Wednesday 22 August 2018

Munster hurling crowds set to almost double

The overall attendances for the Leinster and Munster championships are likely to come in at around 390,000 – up 38pc on last year. Photo: Sportsfile
The overall attendances for the Leinster and Munster championships are likely to come in at around 390,000 – up 38pc on last year. Photo: Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

The new round-robin format has almost doubled attendances at this year's Munster senior hurling championship, with the final figure likely to be more than 250,000.

That would be a 95pc increase on last year and a 147pc rise on 2016. Leinster is set to show an increase of around 25pc.

However, that's slightly misleading as they enjoyed a huge boost last year when a record-breaking crowd of 60,032 attended the first Wexford-Galway final.

Turnout at Kilkenny-Galway Leinster deciders has averaged around 30,000, but the fifth clash between them in the final since 2010 is likely to attract more than 35,000 on July 1 as Brian Cody's men bid to gain revenge for the eight-point defeat inflicted on them by the All-Ireland champions last month.

Exclusive of the final, Leinster's attendance is up by more than 100pc on the last year, rising from 52,474 to 106,004.

A total of 169,925 have turned out for the eight Munster games so far. Next Sunday's Clare v Limerick is a 19,000 sell-out in Ennis while 15,000 is expected at Cork v Waterford in Thurles.

A repeat of last year's 45,000 crowd at the Clare-Cork final is expected for the decider on July 1, irrespective of which two from Clare, Cork and Limerick qualify.

The overall attendances for the Leinster and Munster championships are likely to come in at around 390,000 - up 38pc on last year.

 

THREE TOP ATTRACTIONS

Munster

Cork v Limerick 34,607

Cork v Clare 24,490

Limerick v Waterford 23,194

Leinster

Galway v Kilkenny 18,775

Kilkenny v Wexford 17,516

Wexford v Galway 14,564

Irish Independent

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