St. Conleth's Park in Newbridge. Photo: Sportsfile

GAA urge supporters not to go to Newbridge unless they have a ticket

BOTH Kildare and Mayo will receive 1,500 tickets each for club distribution for Saturday's clash between the two counties at Newbridge. The remainder of the tickets will be used to meet the needs of players, season ticket holders and sponsors.

Croke Park has urged people who do not have a ticket not to travel to the Kildare venue, which has a cqpacity of just 8,200.

Following discussions with the Kildare County Committee and An Garda Síochána in recent days, upgraded match-day and traffic management plans involving extra stewarding and gardaí will be put in place to cater for the large crowds expected at the venue before the game.

The GAA has pointed out that the decision by the CCCC to fix the game for Croke Park originally was based on serious concerns around the health and safety of patrons attending the fixture. The CCCC has received assurances that these issues will be adequately addressed.

The GAA has also confirmed that the meeting of Cavan and Tyrone will now take place at Brewster Park, Enniskillen.

Tickets purchased for the Croke Park double-header fixture will not be valid for these games and a refund process from the point of purchase has been put in place.