With the 2018 Allianz Football League consigned to history, counties’ preparations are gathering pace in the run-up to the summer. Undoubtedly the standout football tie for the month of April is in Connacht. Last year’s All-Ireland finalists Mayo face off against the beaten League finalists Galway in a mouthwatering clash in Castlebar.
Galway have beaten their neighbours the last two summers, but Stephen Rochford’s side will be eager to take the direct route this year on their way back to Croke Park in late summer.
Given that the stakes are so high between two rivals that have aspirations of being involved in the business end of the championship, interest is always going to be high.
The 28,000-capacity McHale Park is already headed for a sell-out. The 2017 and 2016 championship clashes between the teams drew crowds of 22,046 and 21,784 respectively, but an increase is expected this year.
As reported by the Irish Independent, Connacht Council secretary John Prenty revealed the demand levels.
“There’s always big interest in Mayo against Galway, but it’s even bigger than usual this year. People are expecting it to be a great contest, especially after Galway doing so well in the league and running Dublin close.”
Castlebar is the place to be on May 13, as demand for tickets is likely to outweigh supply.