Ballybofey too small for big clash, says Harte


Mickey Harte believes next summer’s blockbuster Ulster championship clash of All-Ireland champions Donegal and Tyrone is too big for Ballybofey.

Donegal chiefs have announced plans to increase the capacity at MacCumhaill Park to 18,000 in an attempt to get the go-ahead to stage the game.

But Tyrone manager Harte feels the ground will not be able to cater for the huge crowd the mouth-watering north-west derby is certain to attract.

“I think a lot more people would want to see the game live than would be able to be accommodated in Ballybofey or indeed in Healy Park,” said Harte.

“So I think it really does need a ground with a bigger capacity to offer that opportunity to as many people as possible to go and see the game. I certainly think it’s a game that will attract a lot of interest.”

Provincial chiefs could decide to switch the game to Clones, which has a capacity in excess of 30,000, despite the fact that the draw handed home advantage to Donegal.

Harte believes financial considerations will have a decisive influence in the Ulster Council’s final call on the matter.

“Yes, it’s a home draw for Donegal, but they have to weigh up the fact of how many people want to see this game and how many would be likely to be in attendance.

“So it could be an economic issue that would determine it at the end of it all.”

Galway’s Competition Controls Committee are to meet this evening to discuss the referee’s report after unruly scenes near the end of Sunday’s county hurling final at Pearse Stadium. A number of players, including Loughrea full-forward Johnny Maher, could face disciplinary action following the incidents.

St Thomas’ created history by winning their first senior title when they defeated Loughrea by 3-11 to 2-11. A segment of incidents on YouTube, had attracted over 50,000 viewers by last evening.

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