Looks like it’s Hyde Park for the final (if we’re in it)

There’s been a lively enough debate on here since I first suggested on Saturday evening, in the wake of Galway’s shock defeat to Sligo, that should we beat Leitrim in our semi the final would then be in Castlebar. Others more in the know were quick to point out that this may not be the case and this report in the Mayo News shows that they were 100% correct in this regard. This report confirms that if we’re in the final it’s almost certain to be played at Roscommon’s Hyde Park.

This is because there’s an agreement amongst the counties dating back to 1997 to the effect that any Connacht final involving Sligo or Leitrim (or both, which could still happen this year) has to be played at a neutral venue where the capacity is at least 20,000. Neither Markievicz Park nor Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada are capable of holding that many souls so this leaves the choice between McHale Park, Pearse Stadium or Hyde Park.

A further twist to the agreement is that if it’s us against Sligo then we get to pick and in such circumstances I can’t see us plumping for the delights of the seaside on July 15th. If Leitrim manage to pull off another Connacht shocker then they get to choose the final venue and, given the novelty of such a final pairing, they might opt for our gaff – with its higher capacity – for the decider. McHale Park was, after all, the neutral venue for the 2010 Connacht final against Roscommon and Sligo, which, by the way, remains the only big championship match hosted at the venue since the redevelopment work was done on it.

However, with our lads still priced at 1/33 to do the business against the Ridge County on Sunday week, the odds on a second successive Connacht final being held in Hyde Park are surely short enough too. Not that we’re counting any chickens yet, mind.

17 thoughts on “Looks like it’s Hyde Park for the final (if we’re in it)

  1. I have good memories of hyde park ( except for the feckin traffic ) so if we beat leitrim i would be happy with that…

    WJ technical question , how do we put in an Avatar ?

  2. WHY DONT THEY BRING THA FRIG,N THING UP TO CLONES WHILE THER AT IT, WAT KIND OF IDIOTS HAV WE N OUR COUNTY BOARD AGREEING TO THIS BECAUSE THER SO CALLED WEAKER COUNTYS N GIVING UP HOME ADVANTAGE N MCHALE PARK IF WE BEAT LEITRIM.. ITS LIKE EVERYTIME WE PLAY CORK OR KERRY N U.21,S OR MINOR REPLAYS WE HAVE TO GO TO ENNIS OR LIMERICK, HOW THA HELL S THA HALFWAY OR NEUTREUL, NORTH KERRY S ONLY 15 MIN OUT THA ROAD FROM LIMERICK IF IT IS THAT..START,N TO LOSE FAITH N EVERYTHING BOUT MAYO GAA..

  3. Willie, (re: johno,mo on tour)
    Just paste the text into MS Word, select everything and then press Shift + F3 together.

    I have to say it reads as bad in lower case sadly.

  4. Well sorry for confuseing ye lads and hard to read alright i admit, not happy with this rule tha mayo county board had to agree to giving the likes leitrim or sligo an advantage n a conn. final and in this case prob. sligo as surely we,ll beat leitrim in mchale park. Do tha mayo county board ever fight their corner as we always have to play cork or kerry in the u.21,s in either ennis or limerick [minor replays] more or less in their own back yard an not a budge of protest from tha county board,i,m thinking gaa headquaters see mayo as a soft touch. I dont know why mayo would agree to give an advantage to the sligo,s and leitrim,s of this world as it afta all 15 against 15. It may just come back to haunt us this year be it hyde pk or salthill.

  5. I’m not sure I’d agree that it’s a case of not fighting our corner on the Connacht final venue issue, Johnno, though I agree wholeheartedly with you where it comes to ‘neutral’ grounds for matches against the likes of Kerry where neutral always ends up deep in Munster somewhere. For the Connacht final, it’s simply an issue of what grounds can hold a crowd of more than 20,000 which, if it’s us or Galway v Sligo, will inevitably see the final being held at Hyde Park. Short of putting in extra capacity in Sligo and Carrick (and, God knows, there are enough grounds around the country as it is that are too big and will never see a full house) this arrangement seems to be one that all of the counties in Connacht are stuck with.

  6. Willie Joe, is the Connacht Final on July 15th or 22nd…I have seen both dates quoted ?

  7. Thedirtyball – the final is definitely on the 15th, with a 2pm throw-in. I’ve never heard mention that it might be on the 22nd and both GAA.ie and Connachtgaa.ie have it listed for the 15th.

    Mayo Maori – the match isn’t being televised at all this weekend, though I guess RTE might decide to stream it (like they did the Galway/Sligo game) for viewing here. I’ve no idea how you might access this stream (if they’re showing it and they haven’t confirmed this yet – it’s only a Connacht championship semi-final after all): can anyone else help on this? The other alternative, of course, is to listen in on Midwest.

  8. There wont be any traffic problems at the Connacht final this year no matter who is in it- the prices and cost of travel will keep many people away. 30 euro for a ticket for a game of football is far too expensive. it will have to come down because the crowds this year all over the country are deciding not to travel.

  9. Well, not sure where its going to be now, Anybody else hearing it’s a bit of a dilemma ?

    This is the jist of what i’m gettin…hyde park and Salthill have been reduced in capacity dramatically with some safety report , anywhere there is standing has been reduced , the hyde is at 18k only.

    So McHale park is the only one that could hold a decent crowd, now lets say Ross Minors beat Galway on sat, i reckon you would near sell out for CF, so is the delay in announcing venue mean Mayo are trying to sell the idea of McHale park to Sligo county board?

  10. As a Sligoman i hope our County board don’t cave in to Connacht Council (John Prenty) and have the game at a neutral venue. There is an agreement in place for this type of scenario it should be honoured.

  11. sligo would bring a decent crowd to castlebar themselves, but i think they hyde will be declared as the venue , either that or the “agreement” goes in the bin…

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