The old thread on this was locked … so … using @apollo’s post to kick it off.
As long as we play in #theNellorNowhere I don’t mind one bit!
But it will be interesting to see if other counties back the motion. The issue hasn’t arisen in a national context before but has in a Leinster context when counties have always been happy for Dublin to be in Croke Park (€€€). I’d imagine the bean counters in HQ would be very upset to see Dublin taken out of Croker. Mind you our ‘home’ game v Roscommon attracted a relatively low attendance of just over 33,240 last year - but that’s still well over 20,000 more than you’d get in Parnell Park, and in times of dwindling attendances 20,000 people is a fair bit of moolah. Also consider that the ‘home’ game could just as easily be the likes of Mayo or Tyrone - teams that would attract near capacity crowds. 10,000 in Parnell - or 80,000 in Croker. I’d say Donegal aren’t top of the Christmas card list in HQ.
As I said I don’t care and would prefer Parnell for the atmosphere but there is a practicality here and a decision to not allow a team use Croke Park as a home venue could have far reaching consequences into the future. Suppose Meath or Kildare come good and start attracting large crowds and then their Super 8 game v Mayo or Tyrone can’t be held in Navan or Newbridge because of refurbishment? What’s good for one and all that.