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Your Counties First Game Back In front Of Spectators

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Very interested to know how people feel about going to games when were able to go again.

On one hand part of me is saying the demand to watch games live in the flesh as a fan will sky-rocket having not had any live sport for god knows how long when it is allowed to happen again, thus leading to bigger crowds, or at least, as big a crowd as is possible under the guide lines at the time

But the more I think about it, the more uncertain I am. Will people still be nervous if there is no vaccine ? What about people who live/spend a lot of time in the company of friends/loved ones who are high risk ? would they take the chance ? And even if they decide after careful consideration that they would take the risk, would the social distancing aspect at games make people stay at home. It obviously wouldn't feel the same.

So, lets say October comes round, were allowed to go to games again, taking everything into consideration, are ya going ?

waynoI (Dublin) - Posts: 13543 - 16/06/2020 10:27:56    2281006

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Club football will have been completed at that stage so crowds will be building from early rounds of club championship right up to larger crowds at county finals. By the time County games are starting a lot more people will be comfortable to go to games, assuming the levels of the virus stay as we currently are.

IF the virus takes a rise again and the Government implement controls again, the GAA will in turn implement controls therefore I am happy that every effort will be made to allow patrons to attend in a safe manner and I, for one, am very much looking forward to attending games again and will certainly be there.

Tir Conaill Abu (Donegal) - Posts: 1595 - 16/06/2020 10:51:43    2281008

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It all depends on the landscape come October.

Would I be nervous attending games? Well if things steadily improve between now and then, then to be honest no, I wouldn't be nervous in the least.

But if there were significant restrictions in place regarding crowd numbers and tickets were hard to comeby, I'd be less inclined to go hunting for a ticket.

Anyway, hopefully all going well we will have an All-Ireland championship this year. Would love to see an old fashioned straight KO, no BS championship with a christmas conclusion.

Htaem (Meath) - Posts: 8477 - 16/06/2020 11:03:10    2281009

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Really depends on the covid situation regards cases etc., 4 weeks is a long time with this situation let alone 4 months time in October will there be a spike in cases with flu season, hopefully the opposite will happen, its impossible to be making predictions now for that far down the track..

wexico15 (Wexford) - Posts: 2443 - 16/06/2020 11:08:14    2281011

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It will entirely depend on the situation at the time.

The chances of contacting Covid at the moment in the community are extremely low but I'd still be wary of going to game as those chances are more than likely so low because of the restrictions that are in place.

If in four months time if the rate of community transmission is what it is now then I'd be happy to get back to a game.

If the rate of community transmission has gone up or is going up come October then I'd priobably be happy enough to forgo things like matches and stay in our own bubble of family and friends.

It's a very hard thing to answer really, I think for most of us here, going to live sport is a big part of our lives and it has been difficult (in a relative sense) to forgo that but there is nothing we can do about it but just keep on keeping on.

I've not found myself missing the pub that much, or even going to gigs which is something I'd go regularly enough but I have missed heading up to Dalyer or Croker!

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 13089 - 16/06/2020 11:42:15    2281014

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We've no county ground anyway so it'll hardly be a day for the diary

SaffronDon (Antrim) - Posts: 1970 - 16/06/2020 11:49:18    2281015

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Replying To Tir Conaill Abu:  "Club football will have been completed at that stage so crowds will be building from early rounds of club championship right up to larger crowds at county finals. By the time County games are starting a lot more people will be comfortable to go to games, assuming the levels of the virus stay as we currently are.

IF the virus takes a rise again and the Government implement controls again, the GAA will in turn implement controls therefore I am happy that every effort will be made to allow patrons to attend in a safe manner and I, for one, am very much looking forward to attending games again and will certainly be there."
We were told club games would be behind closed doors?

StoreysTash (Wexford) - Posts: 807 - 16/06/2020 12:53:50    2281025

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Who can say ?

It's just over three months since we though nothing of going to games and sitting in the middle of crowds.

You're talking about potential games more than three months down the line.

Things will change. Confidence will grow.

lionofludesch (Down) - Posts: 369 - 20/06/2020 10:58:00    2281348

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Another aspect to consider is the social distancing outside a stadium when entering and leaving...i go to a local dunnes/tesco that fits possibly upto 300 people and im waiting near an hour just to get in..now consider croke Park where you hear that they could fit approx 35000 if reduced capacity...how in the name of God would that work if your keeping 2 metres going in and out of the stadium? It would take nearly 3 hours just to enter and then leave...i will attend and play club games no issue as I'm with a junior club so crowds would not be that much of an issue but still if your going to a local pitch to see a game you'd want to arrive fair early just to ensure your in..and ofcourse id love nothing more to go to a big intercounty but aslong as social distancing is in place it will all be a very stressful experience going to and from big games...to the point you will ask yourself is it really worth it?

pidge (Cork) - Posts: 536 - 22/06/2020 08:13:26    2281490

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Replying To pidge:  "Another aspect to consider is the social distancing outside a stadium when entering and leaving...i go to a local dunnes/tesco that fits possibly upto 300 people and im waiting near an hour just to get in..now consider croke Park where you hear that they could fit approx 35000 if reduced capacity...how in the name of God would that work if your keeping 2 metres going in and out of the stadium? It would take nearly 3 hours just to enter and then leave...i will attend and play club games no issue as I'm with a junior club so crowds would not be that much of an issue but still if your going to a local pitch to see a game you'd want to arrive fair early just to ensure your in..and ofcourse id love nothing more to go to a big intercounty but aslong as social distancing is in place it will all be a very stressful experience going to and from big games...to the point you will ask yourself is it really worth it?"
There will be no alcohol sold at matches. This should improve the situation. Also Croke park is huge and could easily fit a large crowd of 30K+. Remember matches are in the open air, and it is really only indoors that the virus spreads rapidly. Regarding the toilets, well a smaller crowd should reduce the queuing and more hand sanitizers will help too.
This is the key, hand sanitizers and personal hygiene and social distancing. And there should be no problems then imho. People usually walk to Croke park from buses and luas and carparks, so that will help too.

galwayford (Galway) - Posts: 1902 - 22/06/2020 10:52:31    2281499

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Replying To galwayford:  "There will be no alcohol sold at matches. This should improve the situation. Also Croke park is huge and could easily fit a large crowd of 30K+. Remember matches are in the open air, and it is really only indoors that the virus spreads rapidly. Regarding the toilets, well a smaller crowd should reduce the queuing and more hand sanitizers will help too.
This is the key, hand sanitizers and personal hygiene and social distancing. And there should be no problems then imho. People usually walk to Croke park from buses and luas and carparks, so that will help too."
The one thing that may change for the good is it could lead to the elimination of tickets going to touts. I order to track and trace who was were and at games the GAA will have to implement a system whereby tickets are allocated to specific people - potentially linked via a mobile number and app and this would then have to match with a reader on the way in.

zinny (Wexford) - Posts: 959 - 23/06/2020 04:24:41    2281586

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Only if it is against Kilkenny ;)
To be honest, I am afraid we will have another spike before this year is out.

StoreysTash (Wexford) - Posts: 807 - 25/06/2020 21:54:36    2281847

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