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Rk County......... Name.................................. Len x Wid Tot
01 Tipperary..... Semple Stadium................. 145 x 90 13,050
01 Galway......... Pearse Stadium................. 145 x 90 13,050
01 Antrim.......... Casement Park.................. 145 x 90 13,050
01 Roscommon.. Dr Hyde Park..................... 145 x 90 13,050
01 Clare............ Cusack Park....................... 145 x 90 13,050
01 Offaly............ O'Connor Park................... 145 x 90 13,050
01 Donegal........ McCumhaill Park................ 145 x 90 13,050
08 Sligo............. Markievicz Park.................. 142 x 90 12,780
09 Kilkenny........ Nowlan Park...................... 145 x 88 12,760
09 Cork.............. Pairc Ui Rinn...................... 145 x 88 12,760
11 Dublin........... Croke Park........................ 145 x 88 12,716
12 Cork.............. Pairc Ui Chaoimh............... 144 x 88 12,672
13 Carlow.......... Dr Cullen Park................... 145 x 87 12,615
14 Armagh......... Athletic Grounds................ 143 x 88 12,584
15 Wicklow......... O'Byrne Park.................... 145 x 86 12,470
16 Mionaghan.... St Tiernach's Park............. 142 x 87 12,354
17 Wexford........ Wexford Park.................... 142 x 87 12,311
18 Leitrim.......... Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada.. 142 x 87 12,300
19 Laois............ O'Moore Park..................... 142 x 86 12,212
19 Tyrone.......... Healy Park......................... 142 x 86 12,212
21 Cavan.......... Breffni Park........................ 143 x 86 12,184
22 Longford....... Pearse Park...................... 138 x 88 12,144
23 Fermanagh.. Brewster Park.................... 145 x 83 12,035
24 Kerry............ Fitzgerald Stadium............. 144 x 82 11,808
25 Meath.......... Pairc Tailteann.................... 135 x 87 11,745
26 Derry........... Celtic Park ..........................138 x 84 11,614
27 Dublin.......... Parnell Park....................... 141 x 82 11,562
28 Westmeath.. Cusack Park...................... 140x 82 11,514
29 Louth........... Drogheda Park................... 138 x 83 11,437
30 Waterford..... Walsh Park........................ 142 x 80 11,360
31 Limerick....... Gaelic Grounds................... 137 x 82 11,234
31 Mayo........... McHale Park....................... 137 x 82 11,234
33 Down.......... Pairc Esler.......................... 138 x 81 11,120
34 Kildare......... St Conleths Park................ 135 x 80 10,706

Cully (Laois) - Posts: 375 - 03/09/2010 09:04:12    764055

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i know that newbridge pitch is tiny

madden (Kildare) - Posts: 293 - 03/09/2010 11:08:04    764140

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Are county grounds meant to be bigger than club grounds?

Hanley2 (Longford) - Posts: 420 - 03/09/2010 12:52:47    764283

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Its not that much of a difference,pitches just look bigger if they have bigger stands and complexes

dubinlaois (Dublin) - Posts: 304 - 04/09/2010 19:14:00    765195

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Played in the athletic grounds in armagh not a hope in hell of it being bigger than clones.. either is ballybofey... i would love to know were the measurements came from as i believe a lot them are false

shaggylegend (Monaghan) - Posts: 1869 - 04/09/2010 20:51:08    765281

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Thread bump for those who fear " the wide open spaces " of Croke Park.
It's more of a pre-emptive excuse than a reality......

Boxtyeater (Leitrim) - Posts: 663 - 24/03/2019 19:57:11    2174909

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The Gaelic Grounds measurements are totally wrong. It's the same length as Croke Park but narrower. Half those measurements are wrong for the football counties aswell

bloodyban (Limerick) - Posts: 1664 - 24/03/2019 21:00:01    2174967

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Antrim Casement Park 145.0 90.0 13,050 

That's a fair lift of silage!

Offside_Rule (Antrim) - Posts: 4058 - 24/03/2019 21:13:50    2174979

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Today's Indo: "Tipperary great Nicky English believes the Parnell Park pitch is too small to host senior inter-county hurling matches." Article says Parnell Park is 141m by 82m while Croke Park is 145m by 88m.
It will come as a shock to Nicky to learn that Thurles is a mere 80m wide (per Tipp GAA) and is therefore also too small to host senior inter-county hurling matches.
Looks like Tipp will have to forfeit home advantage in Munster Championship!!

Aibrean (Kerry) - Posts: 198 - 26/04/2019 17:48:27    2180458

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Replying To Aibrean:  "Today's Indo: "Tipperary great Nicky English believes the Parnell Park pitch is too small to host senior inter-county hurling matches." Article says Parnell Park is 141m by 82m while Croke Park is 145m by 88m.
It will come as a shock to Nicky to learn that Thurles is a mere 80m wide (per Tipp GAA) and is therefore also too small to host senior inter-county hurling matches.
Looks like Tipp will have to forfeit home advantage in Munster Championship!!"
Really? I think you could get a different measurement for Semple on every website that purports to give statistics for it. But if you've actually gone to matches, you'd see that Thurles is one of the larger pitches. Also, in the same article, Nicky admits he doesn't know the exact dimensions: 'I don't know the measurements, but certainly it feels tight in the corners.'.

To be fair, you could say the same for a few pitches, incl the likes of Nowlan Park. I guess its up to teams to adapt the the home sod of the team they're drawn against. But outside of Croke Park, I'd imagine Semple is one of the largest pitches out there

Marlon_JD (Tipperary) - Posts: 1819 - 26/04/2019 21:07:44    2180483

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Replying To Aibrean:  "Today's Indo: "Tipperary great Nicky English believes the Parnell Park pitch is too small to host senior inter-county hurling matches." Article says Parnell Park is 141m by 82m while Croke Park is 145m by 88m.
It will come as a shock to Nicky to learn that Thurles is a mere 80m wide (per Tipp GAA) and is therefore also too small to host senior inter-county hurling matches.
Looks like Tipp will have to forfeit home advantage in Munster Championship!!"
We play in Croke Park......no we should be playing in Parnell.

We.play on Parnell and not we should be playing in Croke Park.

Does this not confirm the 31 v 1 mentality of GAA?

Maybe we should move all matches to O'Toole Park????

witnof (Dublin) - Posts: 1603 - 26/04/2019 22:21:11    2180493

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Tipperary GAA's own website (https://tipperary.gaa.ie/tipperary-gaa/semple-stadium/) states: "The Dimensions of Semple Stadium Pitch are 145 metres X 80 Metres". I think Tipperary GAA is a reasonably authoritative source in this matter; they would hardly downgrade their own pitch.
Accordingly, "The wide open spaces of Thurles" is just a myth.
Sure, Maurice Fitzgerald's sideline kick was easy enough after all..........
"The wide open spaces of Fitzgerald Stadium" is another myth: it's a mere 81 or 82m wide.
Strangely, there are few wide pitches. Some of the widest are Pairc Uí Rinn, Croke Park and Austin Stack Park.
And don't say meaningless things like 'you can see' or it 'feels tight in the corners.' Harder evidence is needed. At a minimum pace the pitch.

Aibrean (Kerry) - Posts: 198 - 27/04/2019 11:49:27    2180528

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Replying To Marlon_JD:  "Really? I think you could get a different measurement for Semple on every website that purports to give statistics for it. But if you've actually gone to matches, you'd see that Thurles is one of the larger pitches. Also, in the same article, Nicky admits he doesn't know the exact dimensions: 'I don't know the measurements, but certainly it feels tight in the corners.'.

To be fair, you could say the same for a few pitches, incl the likes of Nowlan Park. I guess its up to teams to adapt the the home sod of the team they're drawn against. But outside of Croke Park, I'd imagine Semple is one of the largest pitches out there"
to be fair Nowlan Park is 145 by 88,not a bit tight in the corners and at the moment the pitch is as god as any in the country,

mooncat (Kilkenny) - Posts: 503 - 27/04/2019 16:01:30    2180547

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Loads of these 'official' measurements are wrong. They need to be done again. Cusack Park Ennis is supposed to be huge according to official figures. It's not. Theres the pitch having the stands ontop of it rubbish constantly being mentioned. The fact is that it's a wide pitch but very short. You've guys gently picking the ball over from the oppositions half. I'd say it's in fact one of the shortest in Munster. Limerick is narrow but it's long...yet official figures again are not sure how long it is..
Theres Gaelic Football pitches around that you could play soccer on they are so small

bloodyban (Limerick) - Posts: 1664 - 28/04/2019 09:37:19    2180623

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Go on to Google earth, use the ruler function to measure distance, you will soon find any pitch dimension you want.

I created an overlay, 145 x 90, which can be placed over any pitch in the country that is visible, to see how it measures up.

m_the_d (None) - Posts: 1099 - 28/04/2019 11:35:08    2180637

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Replying To m_the_d:  "Go on to Google earth, use the ruler function to measure distance, you will soon find any pitch dimension you want.

I created an overlay, 145 x 90, which can be placed over any pitch in the country that is visible, to see how it measures up."
Cully's measurements are not correct as some of the pitches are much bigger. Go to EPA maps.ie and you will get an accurate measurement tool, or see below
'https://gis.epa.ie/EPAMaps/'
The site seems at present to be difficult to access which is not normal

browncows (Meath) - Posts: 2295 - 28/04/2019 11:54:11    2180639

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Replying To witnof:  "We play in Croke Park......no we should be playing in Parnell.

We.play on Parnell and not we should be playing in Croke Park.

Does this not confirm the 31 v 1 mentality of GAA?

Maybe we should move all matches to O'Toole Park????"
I agree maybe if the GAA let Dublin build a proper stadium as we have asked repeatedly for. But no it suits them to always moan about Dublin. For the record Parnell park is too small for intercounty hurling the sideline run off is too close to walled surround. We really should build our own stadium and keep as much of our earnings as possible.

arock (Dublin) - Posts: 4741 - 28/04/2019 12:42:05    2180642

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Yes, Cullys figures are way off. Could browncoys or m_the_d (None) please use their expertise to check the width of Semple Stadium and any other pitch they have time to do. Please.

Aibrean (Kerry) - Posts: 198 - 28/04/2019 14:38:05    2180653

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From a quick look, from all the pitches marked as full size, only Tullamore appears to be so.
The width can be whatever the groundsmen decide, space allowing, but post to post doesn't lie!

m_the_d (None) - Posts: 1099 - 28/04/2019 16:45:57    2180677

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This is my top ten, having measured visible pitches on Google Earth.

1. O'Connor Park
1. Austin Stack Park
3. Healy Park
4. Markievicz Park
5. Pairc Ui Cuiv
6. Dr Hyde Park
7. Pairc Ui Rinn
8. Pairc Tailteann
9. Croke Park
10. Casement Park

m_the_d (None) - Posts: 1099 - 29/04/2019 16:36:31    2180865

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