When it was announced a few weeks back that all of January’s FBD League games would be played in the Air Dome at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence, it was in the anticipation that a few thousand punters would be able to attend. Connacht GAA’s website states that the facility can cater for in excess of 2,000 patrons at matches.
That, however, was then. The recently announced Covid-19 restrictions have put in a spanner in the works, because they place significant constraints on attendance levels at indoor events.
Colm Keys in the Irish Independent today is reporting (here) that attendance levels for the FBD matches in the Dome next month are set to be capped at a measly 300. This is based on the stipulation that attendance at indoor events must be cut to 50% of seated capacity and there are 600 seats in the Dome.
Connacht GAA already had plans to stream all the games live and so it would now appear that this will be the only way for supporters to see this year’s FBD matches. On the one hand, this is disappointing, as it’s always good to sample some live pre-season action early in the New Year but, on the other, Covid still is a concern and the option to watch all of the matches online isn’t, in truth, the worst outcome either.