GAA chiefs anticipate 44,500 sell-out for semi-final replay

GAA chiefs are predicting a sell-out for Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final between Mayo and Kerry at Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds.

GAA chiefs anticipate 44,500 sell-out for semi-final replay

Munster Council officials, who are overseeing preparations for the clash, last night revealed that the stadium will have a capacity of close to 44,500 for the game which throws in at 5pm and will be televised by RTÉ and Sky Sports. Munster Council chief executive Simon Moroney said work began in earnest yesterday for the tie which has been fixed on Shannonside as Croke Park is unavailable on Saturday due to an American Football clash between the University of Central Florida and Penn State.

“The six-day turnaround is challenging,” Moroney admitted last night, “we began meetings onMonday morning, looking at thelogistics which need to be put in place, the staff and personnel, the traffic plans, and so on.

“Normally you would have two weeks to plan for a game like this but this is the hand we have been dealt and now we are getting on with it.

“We are trying to work out theattendance for the replay — you have a number of factors to take intoaccount — the fact that it is onSaturday, the weather forecast. But we are working on the basis of it being a sell-out.

“Croke Park will oversee thedistribution of tickets but the advice we would give is for fans to pre-purchase tickets as it saves time on the day of the game as people don’t have to join queues.

“There will be reserved seating in the stand and that accounts for about 21,000 seats.

“For those heading to watch the game on the terraces, a lot of those would make their mind up on the day based on the weather.”

A Saturday evening tie is also a more challenging event for GAA bosses due to the presence of heavy traffic on a busy shopping day.

“Saturday is always a challenge, but what can you do, you couldn’t have the game on Sunday against the other semi-final.

“A Saturday presents somechallenges but nothing that isinsurmountable.”

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