It was first reported in the Leinster Leader last Friday that “negotiations are underway between Kildare GAA, Mayo and Croke Park, to move the Lilywhite’s opening Allianz National Football League fixture from St Conleth’s Park to Croke Park“ from the scheduled date of Sunday February 2nd to Saturday the 1st, as a curtain raiser to Dublin v Kerry. They were expecting a decision “in the coming days“. Kildare earned €150,000 last year by forfeiting their home advantage to play Donegal and Dublin in Croke Park, as part of the Spring Series.
A lot of stories doing the rounds about Kildare v Mayo being moved to Croke Park. From what I’m told there’s no truth in it at all… yet
— Terry Reilly (@TerReilly) November 29, 2013
Mayo GAA have stated at the weekend that “No negotiations took place on their side” and that the match would go ahead as per the master fixtures list, Sunday 2nd February in Newbridge.
@mayo_mick Ya would imagine so, no negotiations took place on our side so match as per fixture programme
— Mayo GAA (@MayoGAA) November 30, 2013
With Kildares finances in such a bad state, you would think they would be pushing hard for the match to be moved to Croke Park, to increase their takings on the gate. Since the last time we played Kildare in Newbridge was in 2008, (we bet them that day 2-14 to 2-08) the capacity of St Conleths Park has been reduced hugely to just 6000 in recent years by the health & safety brigade.
Edit : With the Mayo team due to go on holidays to the far east on the 1st January, our first fbd match against NUIG which was due to be played on Sunday 5th January, will now be played the following Friday the 10th in Mc Hale park.
FBD Connacht GAA Football League Round 1: Mayo – V's – NUIG will now be played on Friday 10th January in Elverys MacHale Park #mayogaa
— Mayo GAA (@MayoGAA) December 4, 2013