No Croker for NFL finals

This year's Allianz National Football League finals will not be staged at Croke Park, the GAA's Games Adiministration Committee has confirmed.

This year's Allianz National Football League finals will not be staged at Croke Park, the GAA's Games Adiministration Committee has confirmed.

The Division One and Two deciders are scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 23 - the same day as the Heineken Cup semi-final clash between Munster and Leinster at Lansdowne Road.

This weekend's NFL semi-finals have paired up Galway and Mayo, and Kerry and Laois in Division One, and Donegal and Westmeath, and Limerick and Louth in Division Two.

The GAC said in a statement: "Because of geographic considerations in respect of the four teams who have qualified for the Division One semi-finals, a venue more convenient to supporters from the respective counties who will qualify for the final will be decided when the pairings are known.

Similar consideration will be given to the prospective venue for the Division Two final."

It added: "The Allianz National Hurling League semi-finals are also scheduled for the same date and starting times generally will also be a logistical consideration when the pairings for the schedule of games are confirmed."

The likely venue for the NFL Division One final would seem to be Limerick's Gaelic Grounds, which has a capacity of 49,500. The Division Two decider looks set to be held further north.

The GAC are expected to meet in Limerick on Sunday evening to firm up the venues for the finals.

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