LIMERICK GAA chiefs are warning of a major ticket shortage for next month’s Munster SHC final.
Yesterday Cork defeated Clare to ensure a provincial final rematch between Limerick and Cork.
Last July almost 43,000 supporters packed into Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds to see the Shannonsiders defeat The Rebels to win a first Munster SHC since 1996.
But now the July 13 (4.00) rematch looks set to take place in Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork.
Limerick officials are claiming that capacity in Pairc Ui Chaoimh will be just 34,000 - leaving almost 10,000 disappointed fans.
Ahead of next year’s development work in the Leeside venue, Health and Safety requirements have seen capacity reduced in recent years.
While some in Cork claim the attendance could be closer to 40,000, Limerick GAA chairman Oliver Mann has said he understands the capacity could be just 34,000.
“If the final does end up being played in Cork I can guarantee you the demand will far outweigh supply,” said Limerick GAA chairman Oliver Mann.
“My understanding is that the capacity in Cork at the moment is somewhere around 34,000,” outlined Mann.
Last Summer 42,730 attended the Munster SHC final between the counties in the Gaelic Grounds. Two weeks ago 24,962 attended the Munster semi-final between Limerick and Tipperary, while yesterday over 28,000 watched Cork defeat Clare in Thurles.
“We have a home and away arrangement with Cork and we owe Cork a game since last year and I am quite sure that Cork will be maintaining that the match is played in Cork,” said Mann.
It is understood that Limerick would welcome Cork back to the Gaelic Grounds and then ‘owe’ Cork a game when Pairc Ui Chaoimh is fully redeveloped.
The Munster Council could also step-in and perhaps decide on Thurles as a venue as they would lose out financially with the reduced capacity.
In the next 48-hours the venue will be 100% confirmed by the Munster Council.
Regardless of the final venue there will be public sale of tickets through Centra, SuperValu and also online.
“There is a percentage that the GAA are committed to give to Centra and SuperValu for sale in their outlets as part of the overall sponsorship deal between the GAA and SuperValu,” explained the chairman.