Cork-Kerry Munster final crowd may struggle to hit 20,000

Sunday’s Munster final attendance in Páirc Uí Chaoimh could be as low as 20,000.

Though it is the last provincial senior football final at the venue before reconstruction work begins, ticket sales in both counties are reported to be slow.

Irish Rail is not putting on any special trains from Killarney or Tralee for the fixture, while the prospect of Sunday week’s eagerly-awaited Munster hurling final with Limerick at Páirc Uí Chaoimh has also detracted somewhat from Cork’s interest in this weekend’s clash.

The number of relative unknown players in both teams may also be considered a turn-off for supporters.

However, the low forecasted number will come as little surprise, as games between the pair in Cork have rarely generated the high figures recorded in Killarney — last year saw 36,370 in Fitzgerald Stadium.

The last large attendance at a Cork-Kerry game in Páirc Uí Chaoimh came in the 2009 Munster final replay, when Cork won in front of 30,270 people.

The following year, a 26,486 crowd saw the semi-final replay there while their last meeting in Ballintemple two years ago in the final was watched by 23,184.

Six years ago the Munster Council offered a two-for-one ticket deal for the Cork-Kerry final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Last September’s decision by the Munster Council’s Competitions Control Committee to allow a motion for the provincial draw to be seeded, which was voted in by counties, will come under scrutiny should a poor crowd show up.

As much as it was a measure put forward to cut out one-sided affairs, it was also a means of encouraging more money-spinning deciders between Cork and Kerry.

The lowest attendance for a Cork-Kerry final in the last 50 years came in 1983 when 17,553 were at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

The worst figure for a provincial decider came two years ago, when 9,139 witnessed Cork overcome Clare in the Gaelic Grounds.


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