Thanks Boss - Bruce Springsteen provides €2m boost to GAA
It may be a quiet weekend in the provincial championships but it's bonanza time for the GAA coffers, with around €2m flowing in from Bruce Springsteen's two concerts.
It's understood that concerts which attract sell-out crowds are worth €1 million each in rent money and with 'The Boss' set to match the 162,000 turn-out that attended Ed Sheeran's two concerts last July, the GAA will enjoy a major financial boost.
There is more to come as Beyoncé will play Croke Park on July 9. It means that receipts from the three concerts will be at least as much as the total income from all 118 Allianz Football League games, which yielded €2.5 million last year.
It's expected to be higher this year as the Dublin-Kerry (Div 1) and Cavan-Tyrone (Div 2) finals attracted a full house last month.
Renting Croke Park for concerts has been a lucrative source of income for the GAA, especially since the stadium was redeveloped. By tomorrow night, it will have hosted 26 concerts since June 2005.
Concerts have also provided financial boosts at other GAA grounds, especially Nowlan Park, which has hosted a number of high-profile artists. This year it will feature Rod Stewart on June 25.
Croke Park, which is run as a separate entity within the GAA, paid €7 million to Central Council last year for use in the Association's nationwide activities.
Meanwhile, the biggest attraction on the four-game football championship programme features Cavan v Armagh in Kingspan Breffni Park tomorrow (3.30).
Kieran McGeeney's men will be attempting to avenge the 17-point defeat suffered against Cavan in their Division 2 clash in March. Mayo begin an attempt to win the Connacht title for a sixth successive season when they play London in Ruislip tomorrow.