ALL indications are that the Munster final will be a complete sell out on Sunday with just over 44,000 cramming into the Gaelic Grounds.
“We are allocating our tickets on Wednesday night and it will have to be like the miracle of the loves and fishes. There is an incredible demand,” said Timmy O’Connor, chairman of Na Piarsaigh.
The capacity at the Ennis road venue is down from 49,000 since the floodlights were introduced and a safety audit carried out some years ago.
“I think Limerick have a great chance of winning both the Minor and Senior games and I reckon there will be 25,000 local supporters there on Sunday,” said Timmy who guided the Minor team to the All Ireland final in 2005.
On Monday evening, hard working county secretary, Mike O’Riordan confirmed that 36,000 tickets have been sold, which includes all in the Mackey and uncovered stand.
Regarding the terraces, the city end has been allocated to Limerick supporters. The allocation on www.tickets.ie has been sold out and roughly 2,000 remain on public sale from the Gaelic Grounds office.
The advice to supporters is that if you want a ticket get onto your club or go to the Gaelic Grounds as soon as possible.
“Our office will remain open from 10am to 5pm each day this week, until all the tickets are sold,” explained the county official.
One of the biggest problems now confronting GAA officials is the state of the ground. After the recent heat wave the condition of the pitch is rock hard and is being watered day and night. A carnival atmosphere is expected in the city on Sunday and with the Minor match between Waterford and Limerick starting at 1.45 people are urged to get to the grounds early.
“It will be worth millions to the local economy. We here at Na Piarsaigh are doing our bit by opening a free carpark at our grounds. There will be music and food and a great atmosphere,” said Mr O’Connor. He said that while some clubs might return a few terrace tickets, there was no chance now of getting a stand ticket which were selling at €30 and €35. Terrace tickets are going at €20 online and €15 in most of the clubs.
Also in Limerick at the weekend the Munster Fleadh Cheoil is going to be held along with the Pig ‘n’ Porter tag rugby festival.
This year’s Pig n’ Porter, which will see 120 teams compete in one of the largest tag rugby events in the world, will take place on Friday and Saturday in Old Crescent, beginning with an international Tag Test Series. Over 3,000 people are expected to attend the festival, which runs from July 12 to 13 and is sponsored by Heinz Tomato Ketchup.