McKenna confident of no pitch invasion

September 04, 2010
Croke Park stadium director Peter McKenna is confident that there will be no pitch invasion at the end of tomorrow's All-Ireland hurling final.

The GAA's decision to hold the presentation in the Hogan Stand would suggest that they are preparing for the possibility of a pitch invasion, but McKenna believes that with Hill 16 now fenced off, fans in other parts in the ground will remain in their seats at the final whistle.

"We are confident everything will go to plan," he said.

"Like everything else, you look at all contingencies but we feel that the message is getting across. We have discussed the matter with senior GAA officials, people from healthy and safety along with players and we have taken a harder step with the barriers onto Hill 16.

"We will have the same number of stewards in place as we normally would and hopefully the only Plan B we will have to deal with is if the game ends in a draw."

He continued: "The plan is that the presentation will still be in the Hogan Stand. We wanted to keep the tradition of the players going up the steps to receive the trophy.

"After that there will be plenty of razzmatazz as players do a lap of honour. I don't want to spoil things by saying what we have planned but I am sure the wait will be worthwhile for supporters. The place and the pitch is in great shape ahead of one of the great days in Irish sports."

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