The future of the Aer Lingus Fenway Hurling Classic is in doubt after just 12,000 watched yesterday's final between Limerick and Cork in Boston.
The attendance was well down on previous years, while there was growing criticism of the 11-a-side format with Offaly legend Joe Dooley comparing the fare to "a lacklustre training game."
Others believe the money spent on flying four inter-county teams to Boston would be better spent on promoting the game - and the club championships - at home.
Is it just me or does anyone else think that the hurling in Fenway is harmless. Small pitch, no points, short passing, no intensity, poor attendance Like a lacklustre training game. @gaelicplayers @RTEgaa #FenwayHurling @officialgaa— Joe Dooley (@DooleyJoe) November 18, 2018
WhatsApp was buzzing earlier about what was going on in the club GAA world. Not a dickie for the Fenway games. I'd imagine it's the same across much of the country. I note the attendance in Boston gas plumetted from last year. Let's focus on the club game please— Shane Stapleton (@ShaneSaint) November 18, 2018
Huge drop in attendance at Fenway Park for the ‘super’ 11s this year. Maybe GPA staff weren’t allowed to bring half the family on the junket this time? #GAA— Pat Nolan (@pat_nolan) November 18, 2018
I don't mind the Fenway Classic as a concept, but when this gets 10x the promotion compared to most club action, for what's essentially a free holiday in Boston, it's pretty sad.— Kevin Coleman (@kvn_clmn) November 18, 2018