Big drop predicted as 35,000 set to travel to Gaelic Grounds

The Munster Council is expecting a crowd of no bigger than 35,000 for this Sunday’s provincial hurling decider between Tipperary and Waterford at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.

Last year’s decider — which also involved Tipperary and Waterford — but was staged in Thurles, drew an impressive attendance of 43,096.

Munster officials, though, are predicting a notable drop on last year’s figure. But there has been a strong demand for stand tickets which are expected to sell out before Sunday.

And even allowing for the expected decrease on the 2015 final attendance, crowds at this summer’s Munster SHC games are likely to surpass last year’s total.

The Munster SFC, however, suffered from Cork’s semi-final exit, with the total attendance figure (40,699) representing a 55% fall on last year’s total of 90,173.

Last year’s coffers were boosted by the final replay in Killarney, but even when leaving aside that second Cork-Kerry instalment, attendances were still down by a sizeable 30%.

Both the drawn and replayed games saw in excess of 30,000 patrons file through the turnstiles at Fitzgerald Stadium, whereas the meeting of Kerry and Tipperary last Sunday managed to attract just 21,512.

The Connacht final, meanwhile, which brings together Roscommon and Galway for the first time since 1998, is expected to draw a crowd of 25,000 to Pearse Stadium in Salthill.

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