Monday 20 November 2017

Páirc Uí Chaoimh expected to sell out for both hurling quarter-finals

A view of the impressive new Páirc Uí Chaoimh development looking towards the city end. Photograph: George Hatchell.
A view of the impressive new Páirc Uí Chaoimh development looking towards the city end. Photograph: George Hatchell.
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The decision to play the All-Ireland quarter-finals on separate days in the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh looks set to be justified with sell-out crowds expected on both days.

Cork GAA chairman Ger Lane said that they were planning for 45,000 supporters on Saturday and Sunday.

Almost all of the 21,000 seats have been sold already and Lane feels that interest on Leeside is so high that any gaps will be filled by locals.

"We don't expect many tickets back for Waterford and Wexford on Sunday but even Tipperary and Clare look like they'll take up most [of their allocation] on Saturday too," he said.

There were plans to fix both Munster football and hurling finals there but a three-week delay in handing over the keys knocked that on the head in June.

All-Ireland quarter-finals have been mainly staged in Thurles on a double-bill in recent years but an accommodation was made here.

The new stadium will re-open tomorrow night when Blarney play Valley Rovers in a premier intermediate game.

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