Saturday 19 January 2019

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GAA set for €1.5m windfall after epic drawn semi means HQ will be packed on double

Paul Durcan celebrates his equalising point for Mayo at Croke Park
Paul Durcan celebrates his equalising point for Mayo at Croke Park

The GAA stand to make somewhere in the region of €1.5m in gate receipts for next Saturday's All-Ireland SFC semi-final replay between Kerry and Mayo after the pair finished level yesterday.

Some 66,196 were in attendance at Croke Park to witness an epic 2-14 to 2-14 draw and with the replay scheduled for 3.0 next Saturday back at GAA's headquarters, approximately 150,000 people are expected to pass through the turnstiles over a bumper weekend for Gaelic football in the capital.

Already, Dublin's clash with Tyrone in next Sunday's other semi-final is an effective sell-out, with reserves of general sale tickets already exhausted and demand at clubs set to greatly exceed demand.

In a summer that has so far featured a huge rise in attendances in both the football and hurling championships, next weekend will be another massive windfall for the GAA's coffers.

The association has enjoyed the financial benefits of All-Ireland final replays in each of the last four years and though a semi-final replay isn't as profitable, the GAA are already on course to report a record summer for attendances.

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