Saturday 22 October 2016

Nowlan Park the venue as Dubs go on road

Dublin football manager Jim Gavin
Dublin football manager Jim Gavin

Dublin will play a first Senior Football Championship match outside Croke Park since 2006 after Leinster Council last night fixed their 2016 Championship opener in Nowlan Park.

Jim Gavin's All-Ireland champions will play the winners of Laois and Wicklow at the home of Kilkenny GAA on Saturday, June 4 at 7.0, following mounting pressure on the provincial body to send them on the road for the first time in a decade.

The Laois county board had campaigned to host the match in O'Moore Park should they progress but Nowlan Park with its 25,000 capacity, of which around 17,000 are seats, was deemed the more suitable choice by the fixture makers.

Dublin's hurlers will, however, be in Croke Park for their Leinster Championship opener against Wexford.

Ger Cunningham's men make their summer bow on May 29 as part of a double header also featuring Wexford's footballers, who take on Kildare in their Leinster SFC quarter-final.

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