The world exclusive on this one has already been claimed by my blogging colleague No One Shouted Stop! but it’s worth repeating here that the match against Westmeath on Sunday week (8th of March) will be an all-ticket one. The County Board decided this last night (here’s Midwest’s confirmation of it) and they’ve also decreed that home supporters will be allocated “about 2,000” tickets.
What’s the capacity of O’Hara Park? I would have thought it was at least 4,000, maybe more, but this can’t be the case as that would mean that they’re reserving a similar ticket allocation for the Lake County’s fans. It’s difficult to envisage more than a couple of hundred hardy souls travelling down from Westmeath for this match and so you’d have to wonder if the decision to make it all-ticket is really necessary. If it is, on the other hand, then you’d have to question whether or not it makes sense to play the game in Charlestown at all, notwithstanding the fact that it’s handier for those of us travelling to it from the eastern side of the country (which, of course, includes Westmeathers).
We know that Ballina can hold at least 4,500 so why not play it there and save us all the slightly absurd task of having to sort out tickets for a Gaelic match in the first week in March?