Ulster Council prepares for sell-out crowd at Clones
The Ulster Council is planning to accommodate a sell-out crowd at the senior football championship final between Monaghan and Donegal at St Tiernach's Park, Clones on July 21.
A 30,000-plus attendance is envisaged and the match has already been designated as all-ticket.
Council officials, clearly pleased with what they feel are encouraging crowds to date in the championship, believe that the curtain can now be brought down in style on their flagship competition.
And the Council is already providing a bonus for fans by freezing the cost of ticket prices.
With Donegal chasing a third consecutive title and Monaghan hoping that they can finally come good in what will be their third appearance in the decider in six years, the match will be staged against a fascinating backdrop.
Ulster Council president Martin McAviney believes that "an incredible atmosphere" will prevail.
"Given the recent track records of both teams and the fact that Monaghan will be on home soil, you can be sure that the fans will be out in force," insists McAviney,
"We are delighted that we have been able to peg ticket prices in these stringent times and we feel sure that there will be a tremendous response. There will be a tremendous atmosphere in the ground, I feel sure."
The Council plans to make the final a gala occasion and a stepping stone for this will be provided on Tuesday when a formal launch will be held at St Tiernach's Park which will be attended by officials and players from the competing counties. The Ulster Championship has dwarfed those of the other provinces in terms of quality and entertainment value to date, the competitive element of the games adding to the overall allure of the competition.
"While we are delighted with the matches that have been served up to date we certainly won't be getting complacent," says Ulster Council PRO John Connolly. "We are always striving to provide the best possible fare for spectators and so far I don't think there have been too many disappointments."
The senior game will be preceded by the minor contest with title-holders Tyrone going head-to-head with Monaghan who won the recent Ulster Minor League.
"The minor final has all the trappings of being a great game between two evenly-matched sides who have been very impressive in getting this far," says Connolly.
"I think people who go early to the stadium on Ulster final day will be treated to some great football. There is a lot of pride riding on this particular game, it would seem."
Ticket prices: Gerry Arthurs Stand €27 (senior citizens €15, juveniles €5). Terraces: adults €15, concessions €10, juveniles €5).