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Keep the name of Croke Park or take all the money you can from sponsors?

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As a traditionalist I would prefer to keep the name as Croke Park but could see why the call of €'s might by good for those at the head of the association. will keep the cash cow rolling!

If sponsors are willing to pay millions to rename, does the name Croke Park on the stadium actually really matter that much?

When does the cash making come to end?

Will county grounds all follow suit such has been done with Kingspan Breffni park?

I think when it concerns county grounds the money could be gladly needed but in terms of HQ the name Croke Park should be kept as sacred.

keepherlow (Tyrone) - 27/12/2017 14:05:53    2066031

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The GAA are way ahead on this issue already.

Sure Croke Park is names named after Archbishop Croke of was one of the GAA's early patrons or in other words, a sponsor.

No different really to any other sport in that regards and not sacrosanct imo.

MesAmis (Dublin) - 27/12/2017 16:07:12    2066040

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It'll happen. Look at Lansdowne Rd in rugby, I thought surely nobody will call it the aviva. I was completely wrong. Tradition will fly out the window if enough dollars are waved

essmac (Tyrone) - 27/12/2017 17:25:55    2066043

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Replying To keepherlow:  "As a traditionalist I would prefer to keep the name as Croke Park but could see why the call of €'s might by good for those at the head of the association. will keep the cash cow rolling!

If sponsors are willing to pay millions to rename, does the name Croke Park on the stadium actually really matter that much?

When does the cash making come to end?

Will county grounds all follow suit such has been done with Kingspan Breffni park?

I think when it concerns county grounds the money could be gladly needed but in terms of HQ the name Croke Park should be kept as sacred."
If they keep Croke Park in the name I don't see anyone having an issue with a sponsor being included in the name. Like you mentioned in Cavan they kept the name Breffni Park in Kingspan Breffni Park.

bdbuddah (Meath) - 27/12/2017 17:47:45    2066045

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They can call it what they want, it'll always be Croker to me!

realdub (Dublin) - 27/12/2017 23:27:47    2066058

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Replying To realdub:  "They can call it what they want, it'll always be Croker to me!"
Or dubs park as we call it In Kerry ;-)

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - 28/12/2017 11:08:49    2066067

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "Or dubs park as we call it In Kerry ;-)"
And don't you forget it :D

realdub (Dublin) - 28/12/2017 12:49:15    2066069

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It will always be Croker but if someone gives them a few million and they use it properly they can put any name they want on it .

culmore (None) - 28/12/2017 13:00:52    2066070

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As long as "Croke Park" is still part of the name the I don't really mind.

Kingspan Breffni Park is still Breffni Park to everyone wheras Lansdowne Rd is now a dim and distant memory with the renaming to Aviva.

If the money is good enough then why not?

MuckrossHead (Donegal) - 28/12/2017 13:45:29    2066074

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It's croke park,the name will never change and rightly so.

cityman73 (Limerick) - 28/12/2017 14:32:22    2066076

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Replying To MuckrossHead:  "As long as "Croke Park" is still part of the name the I don't really mind.

Kingspan Breffni Park is still Breffni Park to everyone wheras Lansdowne Rd is now a dim and distant memory with the renaming to Aviva.

If the money is good enough then why not?"
Where a ground is named after a person the current rules don't allow a sponsors name.
Breffni isn't named after a person which is why Kingspan were able to name it. Same for Innovate Wexford park.
Few other counties have the option e.g. Meath, Louth and Armagh.

Superglue (Kerry) - 28/12/2017 14:41:10    2066077

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I'd have no problem with them changing the name or incorporating 'Croke Park' into the name with the new sponsors. Airlines seem to be big into stadium sponsorship. With an Irish man in charge at British Airways it could be on the cards. I'd say the shinners would love that 'British Airways Croke Park'. They'd be onto Liveline assuring us that the men of 1916 are spinning in their graves yet again...haha.
The 'Gaelic Grounds in Limerick could get a decent few quid if they opened up to being sponsored. Red bull tried to sponsor the county a few years ago but the Brass up in Dublin cried foul on that claiming that kids would be high on taurine 24/7.

PeggyShippen (Limerick) - 28/12/2017 15:23:27    2066078

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I think it'll happen very soon, despite them saying it won't. I'd like to live in a world where everything wasn't valued by its advertising revenue but I don't, so the GAA might as well make hay with the rest of them

Whammo86 (Antrim) - 29/12/2017 00:37:04    2066119

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As people have already stated, it'll always be Croke Park, or Croker as most call it. It happened here with most sports stadiums being named after corporations to the point we don't even remember what the name of those stadiums are. A good few have changed hands over the years depending on which corp is footing the bill, we've had MCI center, then AT & T center, etc. I forget what the names are anymore. Thank God the NY Yankees haven't sold their sole for $ when it comes to renaming the stadium, but that all could change. Keep stadiums named after local teams, hero's and keep it in the community!

NarrowBack914 (USA) - 29/12/2017 13:36:55    2066144

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Replying To MuckrossHead:  "As long as "Croke Park" is still part of the name the I don't really mind.

Kingspan Breffni Park is still Breffni Park to everyone wheras Lansdowne Rd is now a dim and distant memory with the renaming to Aviva.

If the money is good enough then why not?"
and how much of this magical money would filter down to club level, haven't seen much come down from hq or provincial level and any that does is as if you are trying to rob them and the paperwork is crippling. Some things should be beyond £s signs and if this happens I think it wont be long till we are seeing semi pro players similar to rugby where they are contracted to a county/province and return to club games either to recuperate after injury or whenever the county team exit the AI series regardless of the talk from the gpa/CP money is going to be the killing of the amateur game within the next decade

bulmccabe (Tyrone) - 29/12/2017 14:41:01    2066151

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Replying To bulmccabe:  "and how much of this magical money would filter down to club level, haven't seen much come down from hq or provincial level and any that does is as if you are trying to rob them and the paperwork is crippling. Some things should be beyond £s signs and if this happens I think it wont be long till we are seeing semi pro players similar to rugby where they are contracted to a county/province and return to club games either to recuperate after injury or whenever the county team exit the AI series regardless of the talk from the gpa/CP money is going to be the killing of the amateur game within the next decade"
I haven't a clue how much of the money would filter down to club level but one thing I do know is that none will filter down if there is no deal.
As for your point about players going pro, that has nothing at all to do with sponsorship for grounds. Jersies are sponsored & that hasn't led to pay for play so why should gorunds being sponsored be any different?

MuckrossHead (Donegal) - 29/12/2017 17:17:44    2066168

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Replying To NarrowBack914:  "As people have already stated, it'll always be Croke Park, or Croker as most call it. It happened here with most sports stadiums being named after corporations to the point we don't even remember what the name of those stadiums are. A good few have changed hands over the years depending on which corp is footing the bill, we've had MCI center, then AT & T center, etc. I forget what the names are anymore. Thank God the NY Yankees haven't sold their sole for $ when it comes to renaming the stadium, but that all could change. Keep stadiums named after local teams, hero's and keep it in the community!"
Pet peeve off mine, people who call it Croker. Pisses me off no end.
A lot of stadia in many sports have changed. However iconic stadiums like New York, Fenway(I think, unless it's changed recently), have kept to their tradition. I wouldn't like the name to be changed. Call me old fashioned but tradition should mean something. What next the Paddy Paddy stand instead of the Hogan Stand? The Joe.Ie Hill 16.

The_Fridge (Tyrone) - 29/12/2017 17:26:24    2066169

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I think you can actually do both. For example if Ford or Honda were to be the sponsors you could call it "Ford Croke Park" or "Honda Croke Park", etc. Or just name a stand or part of the Park after Croke while taking all the money you can from some Corporate Sponsor for the overall name of the Park.

Trump2020 (Galway) - 29/12/2017 17:51:14    2066171

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Its named after an Archbishop Croke, the influence of the Church over the State and its people is going down fast, maybe its time the GAA moved away from Church also

culmore (None) - 29/12/2017 18:45:13    2066178

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Seems to some nothing is sacred , as one lad said why stop with the stadium let's get rid of this Hogan stand nonsense and call it the paddy power stand I'm mean who the hell was Hogan anyway ? Why the hell do we have still call it that ?if you can get a few quid , sure isn't that what life's all about these days

Damothedub (Dublin) - 29/12/2017 19:49:17    2066183

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