With the upgrade to St. Conelth’s Park not commencing until after Kildare play their final home game of the Allianz Football League game against Tyrone on Sunday, March 24, Croke Park are imposing major restrictions for Sunday week’s Allianz Football League clash between Kildare and Kerry, writes TOMMY CALLALGHAN.
The game will be an all ticket affair with a very strict limited attendance of just 6,181, and once that figure is reached no one will be admitted thereafter.
Admission will be E13 for adults; E8 for OAPs and students (ID essential) and E5 for children. As is the case when attending major games in Croke Park all tickets must be paid for in full (E13)with refunds being given inside the ground.
Clubs throughout the county will have first access to purchase tickets and it is only after clubs have received their allocation that the remaining tickets will go on general sale.
A spokesperson for Kildare County Board emphasised that no one will be allowed into St Conleeth’s Park without a ticket.
The covered area of St Conleeth’s Park which holds 1,892 will be on a first come first served basis and once that figure is reached patrons will then have to go to the terraces at either end of the ground or to the far side opposite the covered, seated area.
Due to the crowd restrictions, Kildare forfeited their ‘home’ game against Donegal and Dublin and were duly compensated. This money is earmarked to upgrade the stadium and make it compliant with Health and Safety regulations, the major one being the dismantling of the terrrace barriers and the erection of new one that comply with modern H&S standards.
Work in the toilet areas is also expected to be upgraded.
It is understood that this work is about to go to tender and hopefully once the Allianz Football and Hurling Leagues are completed the much needed work will commence immediately.