Ballybofey confirmed as venue for big Donegal v Tyrone clash

First round match in Ulster championship will stay in Donegal

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness

Tue, Mar 26, 2013, 21:14

The Ulster SFC quarter-final between Donegal and Tyrone will be played in Ballybofey, it was confirmed tonight.

Reigning All-Ireland champions Donegal have worked hard in recent months to secure the right to home advantage since being pulled out of the hat first for the plum tie against their north-west rivals on Sunday May 26.

County chiefs have spent over €100,000 on redevelopment work to boost the capacity of MacCumhaill Park to close to the 18,000 required by the Ulster Council.

Tyrone had wanted the game played in Clones, which has a capacity of approximately 34,000, but the Ulster Council have decided to grant the All-Ireland champions an opening title defence on home soil.