Seamus McEnaney hopeful Dublin will travel to Carlow or Wexford

New Wexford manager Seamus McEnaney hopes the Leinster Council will give home advantage to Carlow or the Model County in next year’s Leinster SFC quarter-final against Dublin.

The province’s competitions control committee meet tonight to confirm the venues for next year’s senior championships with speculation mounting Dublin will again play their opening championship game outside of Croke Park having faced Laois in the equivalent fixture against Laois in Nowlan Park this year.

McEnaney hopes that whoever comes through the preliminary round game are given the opportunity to host the All-Ireland champions.

“If Carlow win, it would be fair to them to play the game in Carlow like it would be fair to play it in Wexford if we win. It’s what Carlow would deserve, it’s what Wexford would deserve and from a promotional perspective it would be huge for either county.

“To be fair to the Leinster Council, bringing Dublin to Nowlan Park this year worked very well and there was a lot of hype about it.

“If Carlow were to take them on their own patch or we were to win through and had the chance to face them at home it would be huge.

“At the moment, we only have one thought in our heads and that’s Carlow.”

Speaking last month, Leinster chairman John Horan said he couldn’t give any indication of where Dublin’s quarter-final game would take place ahead of tonight’s meeting.

However, he admitted: “It (Dublin v Laois in Nowlan Park) was a successful occasion.

“I think there was a few things in it we could have tweaked. It clashed with Cat Laughs and it was a Bank Holiday weekend.

“But, all in all, anyone who was there said they enjoyed the atmosphere of the occasion.It’s neither on nor off the table. It’s up for discussion.”

Seating was the reason why Laois weren’t afforded home advantage in O’Moore Park back in May and could be a factor again.

Horan pointed out last month that Dublin have 3,000 season ticket holders.

Innovate Wexford Park’s capacity is less than 25,000 with the covered and opened stands holding approximately 9,000.

Netwatch Cullen Park’s capacity is around 20,000 although it only has close to 2,000 covered stand seats.


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