Leinster football gate receipts nosedive

January 15, 2019

Dublin's Ciaran Kilkenny scores a goal during the Leinster SFC final clash against Laois at Croke Park.
©INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

Gate receipts from last summer’s Leinster SFC fell by almost 30% as Dublin completed the eight-in-row.

As the Dubs continued to dominate the province, only 41,728 spectators turned out to witness their demolition of Laois in the final – down from the 66,734 who attended the 2017 final win over Kildare.

The monopoly enjoyed by Jim Gavin’s history-making side coupled with the first-round exits of both Kildare and Meath contributed to an overall fall in football gate receipts from €2,634,837 to €1,879,326.

Meanwhile, with the new round-robin system in place, income from hurling in Leinster moved in the opposite direction, up by almost 30%, from €2,026,194 to €2,691,423.

This included a massive €522,097 dividend from the provincial final replay between Galway and Kilkenny in Thurles.

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