…but it won’t be considered as future final venue unless facilities are improved
There was relief in sporting and business circles in Roscommon this week when the saga surrounding the choice of venue for the upcoming Connacht Senior Football Final ended with confirmation that the game will go ahead in Dr. Hyde Park on June 17th.
The decision is conditional on Roscommon County Board meeting certain requirements laid down by the Connacht Council and the venue will have a reduced capacity, due to ongoing issues that require attention at Dr. Hyde Park.
The decision to host the 2018 Connacht SFC Final at Dr. Hyde Park was formally taken after the Galway v Sligo semi-final last Sunday and followed discussions between Roscommon County Board and Connacht Council officials.
The match will go ahead at Dr. Hyde Park between Roscommon and Galway, with a 4 pm throw-in.
Confirmation of the venue choice follows weeks of speculation that Hyde Park might not be selected. Roscommon manager Kevin McStay intervened in the controversy after his side’s semi-final win over Leitrim, insisting that the game would be played in Roscommon.
The Connacht Council has issued a statement confirming that the capacity for the match will be 18,870 and that it will be an all-ticket affair.
The statement also says that the costs of a mobile scanning system to be introduced especially for the day is be borne by Roscommon County Board. It also says that the ground rent to be paid on the day will be 5% (it’s usually more like 10-20%).
The statement goes on to say that Dr. Hyde Park in Roscommon would not be considered as a venue for any future Connacht finals until a programme of works are carried out which include a new entrance on the Athlone Road side of the ground, permanent turnstiles, new dressing rooms, new male and female toilets, the area behind the stand to be tarred and other issues relating to the Slattery Report to be addressed.
Hyde gets go-ahead… but at a price
A statement from the Connacht Council, co-signed by Roscommon County Board executive members, reads in full:
“The Connacht GAA Football Championship Finals, Senior and U-20, scheduled for Sunday, 17th June 2018 will take place in Dr. Hyde Park, Roscommon.
“This decision was made following discussions between the Connacht GAA Council and Roscommon County Board officers and in consultation with the National Infrastructure and the National Health & Safety Committee. Making this decision Connacht Council recognised the financial constraints of Roscommon County Board and agreement was made to hold the game in Roscommon subject to a number of conditions, which are detailed below:
Conditions pertaining to possible
Connacht Final in Roscommon 2018
* Capacity confined to 18,870
* All-ticket game
* All entry points to be monitored and scanned. Numbers scanned to control room
* CCTV to be in situ
* Counties confined to 500 tickets each (including players)
* All other tickets to be available through website, tickets.ie, SuperValu and Centra outlets
* Tickets shall not be available on the day
* All patrons in the stand must pay full price (no concessions)
* A limited number of group passes (30 children and 4 adults) shall be available through Connacht GAA office
* The Event Controller, Safety Officer, Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer of Roscommon GAA shall be ultimately responsible for the safety of patrons on this occasion
* Connacht GAA will pay the cost of non-public Gardaí and CCTV
* All other costs will be borne by Roscommon GAA
* 5% Ground Rent will be paid
* Cost of temporary scanning system will be borne by Roscommon GAA
* Adequate Ladies and Gents toilet facilities must be put in place and maintained by Roscommon GAA
* Any shortfall in gate receipts to the Council on a 10-year average may result in consequential reduction in finance available to counties from Connacht GAA
* Hyde Park shall not be eligible for consideration for a future Connacht final until the following works have been completed:
1: New entrance completed in front of the terrace on the Athlone Road side
2: Permanent metered turnstiles to be installed
3: Dressing Rooms to be built to modern standards
4: Permanent Male and Female toilets to be built
5: All roadways and area behind the stand to be tarred
6: Issues highlighted by the Slattery Report needing attention are addressed
The above statement was signed by Brian Carroll and Seamus Sweeney from Roscommon County Board, John Prenty and Gerry McGovern of Connacht GAA and John Murphy of the GAA.