Ulster SFC final could also be switched to Croke Park

July 15, 2021

Fans at the Derry v Donegal Ulster SFC quarter final in Ballybofey

Speculation is growing that this year's Ulster SFC final will be played at Croke Park.

It comes after this year's Connacht SFC final between Mayo and Galway was moved to GAA HQ where 18,000 spectators can be accommodated instead of just 3,600 in Castlebar. Clones, which has traditionally hosted the Ulster showpiece, would have a similar capacity to MacHale Park under the current restrictions, and a decision on moving the final to Croke Park is expected to be made after this weekend's semi-finals.

The Ulster and Leinster SFC finals are both scheduled for Sunday, August 1, while the Lory Meagher, Christy Ring and Nickey Rackard Cup finals are due to be played on Saturday, July 31 at Croke Park. However, the fact that it's an August Bank Holiday weekend means the Leinster and Ulster finals won't necessarily have to be played as a double-header, with the Bank Holiday Monday being an option for one of the finals.

The Anglo-Celt Cup decider was previously staged at Croke Park from 2004 to '06 due to an unprecedented interest in Ulster football at the time.

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