Ó Sé offers solution to boost football attendances

May 29, 2024

Cork manager Ray O'Mahony with Kerry manager Tomás Ó Sé. ©INPHO/Natasha Barton.

Tomás Ó Sé believes flagging football attendances could be boosted by ensuring the first round winners in the group stages of the All-Ireland SFC meet in the second round.

This would also reduce the number of dead rubbers in the third and final round. The Kerry great’s suggestion comes after a crowd of barely 10,000 turned up at Croke Park for Dublin’s clash with Roscommon last Saturday.

"For such a condensed Championship to have games with no edge or no big crowds wanting to attend,” Ó Sé told the RTÉ GAA Podcast.

"Ulster again are the only teams with big crowds. There was a game in Killarney there with a shocking crowd at it. There was a shocking crowd in Dublin.

"There is a fix in it. The GAA need to back off, bow the head and let whoever wins the first two games meet each other in the second round.

"There could be way more games where there is a need to win. There would be a Championship feel to it.

"There isn't a Championship feel to games that are happening at the minute."

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