THE eagerly awaited venue for the Munster SHC final, between Limerick and Cork, won’t be confirmed until next Monday night.
LeaderSport understands that a meeting of the Munster Council CCC will rubber-stamp where the July 13 hurling decider between Limerick and Cork will take place.
As part of a long standing home-and-away agreement Limerick ‘owe’ Cork home advantage in Pairc Ui Chaoimh, however capacity concerns could see Thurles selected to host the final.
A health and safety audit of Pairc Ui Chaoimh took place on Wednesday and a report is to be furnished to the provincial council in the coming days. This report will confirm the current match-day capacity of the Leeside venue.
Varying sources suggest the capacity could be anywhere from 32,000 to 40,500. Confirmation of the Cork capacity at the lower end of 30,000’s would leave 10,000 disappointed supporters. The Thurles option offers a capacity close to 50,000.
Limerick GAA officials have confirmed that they have not made any official representation to Munster Council chiefs but concerns surrounding the capacity are public since last week’s Limerick County Board meeting.
“I presume what is exercising their mind (Munster Council) is that Pairc Ui Chaoimh can only hold, and I am not wholly sure on this figure, 34,000. There were 43,000 in Limerick last year. If the game was in Pairc Ui Chaoimh there are a lot of people who wouldn’t be able to go to the match. That is a matter for the Munster Council,” outlined Limerick GAA chairman Oliver Mann.
“At the end of the day we have a home and away agreement with Cork. Cork honoured that last year and so the Munster final is due to be played in Cork this year. That still has to be sanctioned by the Munster Council. If the game is fixed for Pairc Ui Chaoimh we would have no problem with that, but if the game is in Pairc Ui Chaoimh there will be Cork and Limerick people without tickets,” stressed the chairman.
“There is a huge interest out there in the Munster championship. At the end of the day this is a Munster Council issue. Wherever the Munster Council fix this game for, we will be there and that will be the end of it.”
“If the game is in Pairc Ui Chaoimh we would be lucky to get somewhere around 11,000 tickets. I reckon we had 15,000 in Thurles the day we played Tipperary.”