You have to be bold to move forward and the Association is looking to add 20 per cent on the attendance from last year to produce what would be the second-highest attendance in history on September 8th.
“There has been a huge groundswell of support for women’s sport in the last twelve months and we want Camogie supporters, and indeed supporters of all Gaelic Games, to get involved and be part of this wider movement<‘ said Camogie president Kathleen Woods speaking at yesterday launch of the knock out stages.
“But it is not just support for the sake of it. This is the most exciting time of the year as our All-Ireland Championships really heat up with all of the remaining teams targeting a place in Croke Park on Sunday, September 8th in the hope of climbing the steps of the Hogan Stand.”
“These teams are the elite of our sport and we are aiming to see huge crowds come out to support these fantastic players in all of the remaining matches and in particular in Croke Park on what is always a great occasion.”
“We are aiming to have over 25,000 supporters there on the day and it is exciting to launch a number of initiatives to help supporters all over the country make the journey to Croke Park and to ‘Go Together’ with their friends, family and club mates in what will be a wonderful celebration of our game,” added new Camogie Association CEO Sinéad McNulty.
“It’s an ambitious target but we’re determined to do all we can to get there.”
The first element of the campaign is an early bird ticket price for the Finals. The price of adult tickets will be available for the 50 per cent discounted price of €15 until Sunday, July 28th. Tickets can be purchased from www.tickets.ie and in all participating SuperValu and Centra stores nationwide.
Juvenile tickets are €5 and Group Tickets are available by contacting the Camogie Association on email@example.com
The Quarter-Finals take place as a double-header in Semple Stadium on Saturday, August 3rd and both games will be televised live on RTÉ and worldwide on the RTÉ Player.
The first match sees Limerick take on Tipperary before Galway and Waterford meet in the evening’s second fixture as all four sides battle it out for coveted Semi-Final places.
“We have seen great reaction and enthusiasm for the games we have streamed live throughout the Liberty All Ireland Championship and in the Littlewoods national League,” added McNulty.
“The high point so far to tune in for a game is 80,000 and now we want to encourage these new fans as well as those attracted through our use of social media in general and Instagram, in particular, to come along and see what the sport is like live.”
The winners of the Quarter Finals will advance to play Cork and Kilkenny with both the Semi-Finals also shown live on RTÉ.
The rising tide of women’s sport from Ladies Football and soccer to hockey and boxing is changing the narrative in terms of people’s willingness to show their real and present support for the energy and effort that the players are putting in. the 20X20 campaign has always played a huge part and while the target might look ambitious we are backing the sport to hit it and go beyond.
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