The games will not be televised..
Peter Canavan has hit out at the decision to play both Leinster senior football semi-finals at Croke Park on Sunday afternoon, as Dublin face Meath, and Kildare get set for a Westmeath showdown at the Jones’ Road venue.
The games will form a double-header at GAA HQ on Sunday, although it is unlikely that the ground will be anywhere near close to selling out on Dublin’s Northside.
Instead, the venue is likely to be half-full at best, with two places in the Leinster Senior Football Championship up for grabs.
“They are taking the games to Croke Park, where the stadium will only be half-full..”
Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Canavan has hit out at the decision made by the Leinster Council to play the games at Croke Park, suggesting that the games should be played a smaller venue to add to its appeal.
“St Tiernach’s Park in Clones was resplendent for Donegal-Cavan,” he began. “A good crowd packed into the venue on a warm summer’s day, and it made for a brilliant atmosphere.
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“Likewise in Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday; the smaller venue added to the contest.
“The Leinster Championship semi-finals are set for Croke Park on Sunday. If the Dublin-Meath game were to be held in Portlaoise or Tullamore, it would make for a better spectacle. Likewise Kildare vs Westmeath.
“Instead, they are taking the games to Croke Park, where the stadium will only be half-full.”
While the game is likely to be played in front of paltry attendances, both games will not be aired on TV.
Instead, GAA GO will be streaming the games from the capital, with each game available at a cost of €10 each.
Kildare’s semi-final with Westmeath kicks off at 2pm, while Dublin’s showdown with local rivals Meath begins at 4pm.