GAA fans split on Croke Park pitch ban proposal

Plans by the GAA to stop people from running on to the pitch immediately after the games on finals day in Croke Park are supported by 35 per cent of GAA fans while 46 per cent oppose the idea, a survey by Onside Sponsorship and has revealed.
GAA fans are also divided on the staging of concerts in Croke Park, with 37 per cent agreeing and the same percentage opposed to the the idea. One in five remain on the fence on the issue.
John Trainor of Onside Sponsorship said eight out of ten respondents supported the companies maintaining or increasing their sponsorship of county teams, with 72 per cent in favour of such funding of the football and hurling championships.
Former Meath footballer Colm O’Rourke was voted the year’s top GAA football pundit with a 20 per cent share of the vote, followed by ex-Kerry player Pat Spillane on 16 per cent and northerner Joe Brolly on 16 points.
RTE analysts also scored best on the hurling front, with Clareman Ger Loughnane on 33 points, followed by Donal O’Grady with 12 per cent and Cyril Farrell on 11 per cent. The survey involved interviews with 253 players, coaches, administrators and parents connected with the GAA nationally.

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