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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Dubs fans in turmoil as Hill 16 places cut

DUBLIN football fans will have to move quickly to secure a Hill 16 ticket for their crunch game with Kildare because stadium scanners are broken.

The capacity of the Hill is to be reduced by more than 4,000 for the Leinster semi-final, sparking fears that there won't be enough tickets to go around.

Officials say that they will have to cut back on numbers for the June 26 game due to a health and safety issue. A problem with ticket scanners means the capacity has to be reduced by up to one third.

The GAA's Leinster Council have been told the capacity for the terrace will be reduced to just over 8,000 for the double-header.

Some Dublin officials fear demands will not be met but stadium director Peter McKenna insists there will be no "material impact" on the crowd.

Leinster Council chief executive Michael Delaney is keeping his fingers crossed that the move will not affect the Dublin support which traditionally congregates on the Hill.

"If we use the Meath game last year as a benchmark there were only 6,000 tickets sold for that so we should be okay," he said.

kdoyle@herald.ie

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