Dr. Hyde Park has been ruled out of hosting the Mayo and Galway Round Four qualifier on Saturday next owing to its ground capacity restrictions.
The CCCC, in fixing next weekend’s game on Monday, chose the Gaelic grounds in Limerick, stating that there was no “Connacht venue deemed capable of catering for the expected interest in the tie” once there was no agreement between the competing counties to toss for home advantage.
As per the agreement between Roscommon County Board and Connacht Council drawn up before last year’s Connacht final, the Hyde’s capacity has been reduced to just under 19,000, and this would have been reduced by a further ten per cent for Saturday’s qualifier as there would be no reserved seating, meaning the capacity would have been just under 17,000.
Roscommon County Board has committed to a series of works to upgrade the stadium, but planning permission has yet to be granted. In a statement, Roscommon County Board stated it was working to address an issue with an exit from the ground, which affects its ability to increase Hyde Park’s capacity.
“This is close to finalisation, but it has held up the lodging of the planning application,” the statement read.
However, Roscommon GAA will be permitted to host Cavan or Tyrone in their first game of this season’s Super 8s series at Dr. Hyde Park on the weekend of July 13th/14th where, with reserved seating, the capacity will be capped at just under 19,000.
Monday morning’s Round Four qualifier draw paired the beaten Ulster finalists together with last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalists in Clones on Saturday evening, with the winner scheduled to face Anthony Cunningham’s Connacht champions a week later.
Roscommon will face Dublin in Croke Park on the weekend of July 20th/21st before rounding off their campaign away to Cork or Laois on August 3rd/4th.