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Hill 16 sold out as old rivalry fires 'public imagination'

CROKE PARK is bracing itself for the biggest turnout since last year's All-Ireland final with a sudden surge of interest for Sunday's Leinster final set to attract a crowd in excess of 60, 000.

Already, Hill 16 has been sold out for a match which a Croke Park spokesperson admitted "has caught the imagination of the public".

The attendance is set to dwarf the 43,983 which showed up to watch Dublin beat Wexford in last year's provincial decider or even the 52,661 who saw Pat Gilroy's men defeat Tyrone in the All-Ireland quarter-final last August.

As it stands, Sunday's crowd will be the largest at a provincial match in either code since the 2009 Leinster final when 74, 573 turned up see Dublin beat Kildare.

"Without doubt, it's going to be the biggest attendance of the year," the spokesperson explained. "And the biggest since last year's All-Ireland final."

While admitting that it was "very hard to put a figure on it," cautious estimates put the figure at around 60,000 and he added "if the demand continues going the way it has earlier in the week, it's not outside the realms of possibility that it could go even higher."

With the Hill sold out, there is set to be a bumper Dublin crowd although Nally Terrace tickets are still available at the lower price of €20.

"It has definitely caught the imagination of the public and the fact that the Dublin and Meath minor teams are involved as well means there will be big number from both counties coming," concluded the Croke Park spokesperson.

TICKET INFO: Leinster Football Finals tickets: Sunday July 22, Croke Park, MFC: Meath v Dublin, 2pm; SFC: Dublin v Meath, 4pm. Prices: Adult stand €35, Hill 16 €20, Wheelchair and one assistant €35, Family tickets (Cusack and Davin Stands only) Adult €35 Juvenile €5. General Sale: Tickets are on sale from www.tickets.ie and www.ticketmaster.ie and GAA Ticket Office, 53 Lr Dorset Street, Dublin 1 (Opening times 10am to 5pm until Friday). Ticket vans around ground on Sunday.