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It Seems A Venue May Be Set For Dublin's Championship Opener

It Seems A Venue May Be Set For Dublin's Championship Opener
By Sinead Farrell Updated

It might actually be about to happen. After 10 years of playing all their Championship games in Croke Park, it looks like Dublin will have to venture down the country to play their opening game of the Championship next season.

Rumours filtered through yesterday, before the draw, that this was on course to happen in 2016, but the exact location of the first Championship game for Dublin outside the capital was rather less clear.

But now things are starting to get a little clearer. Following the outcome of the Championship draw last night, Dublin have been paired with the winners of either Wicklow or Laois in the Leinster quarter-final. And although nothing has been finalised yet, officials in Leinster Council are negotiating the possibility of hosting that game in Kilkenny's home patch Nowlan Park.

The Kilkenny venue, which can house up to 20,000 spectators, would be the next best thing to Croke Park in terms of seated capacity and the emergence of two south Leinster sides in the draw turned the proposal into a distinct possibility.

Revenue would certainly take a hit, but the novelty of it all would certainly be a positive marketing opportunity for the Association.

[Irish Times]

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