GAA double-header draws welcome influx of visitors
THE OFFICIAL attendance of just over 14,000 may have been smaller than expected but Wexford still had a welcome commercial boost from the GAA double-header at Wexford Park last Saturday.
Business owners were beaming as Kilkenny and Westmeath visitors shopped in the summer sunshine before heading to Wexford Park for the game.
Margaret Doyle, GAA County Secretary, said it was a 'great day for business in the town' and fans were good humoured throughout the day.
' There was a carnival atmosphere around the place. People were queuing up from 3 p.m. to get in even though the first match wasn't until 5 p.m.,' she said.
While it was hoped that up to 20,000 would attend the match, the actual attendance was closer to 14,000.
' There was a huge Wexford support there, but the Wexford fans were there for two matches. Kilkenny fans travelled, but we knew there wouldn't be a massive crowd from Westmeath,' said Margaret.
To cater for the crowd extra car parking was provided in St. Peter's College, at North End pitch, in Clonard Church, at the Department of the Environment and in the Racecourse.
'I heard no complaints about the parking or the arrangements, and talking to the Gardai, everything seemed to go smoothly,' she said.
The Park can look forward to its next influx of fans on Wednesday June 22 when Wexford take on Laois in the Under-21 Leinster hurling semi final.