Connaught final could go to Croke Park, admits Prenty

THE possibility of these year's Connaught Final being played in Croke can’t be ruled out, according to Connaught GAA secretary John Prenty

Mr. Prenty said the provincial venues may not be able to abide by the social distancing rules as they are currently laid down.

He further stated that no venue in Connaught can adhere to the social distancing guidelines which could mean big games having to be played outside the provinces while the Connaught football final could be played in Croke Park,.

He added, however, that Croke Park may not be available on the weekend of the Connaught final which is pencilled in for the weekend of November 14/15.

“There are no guarantees in relation to venues for the Connaught football championship this year due to the need for social distancing,” he said in an interview with Midwest Radio Sport.

He didn’t rule out the possibility of some games having to be moved out of the province to bigger venues and the possibility of Croke Park hosting the Connaught final can’t be ruled out

“Adopting the current guidelines laid down, Croke Park itself can only hold around 28,000 in order to comply with social distances guidelines.

”You can see how that would work out if it is applied to venues down the country which would mean many venues would not be able to hold any more than 10,000 or 11,000 and none of those venues are in Connaught. There are only about four in the entire country,” he said.

The GAA official also warned that any spike in the Covid-19 pandemic would mean all bets are off.

“We have some serious challenges ahead and we have a long, long, long way to go,” he added.

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