The less secure world we live in is about to impact on one of the hallowed traditions of the GAA, the idea of the packed sandwich and the flask of hot tea,
New security arrangements will ban backpacks and bags of any sort larger than an A4 sheet of paper from this Sunday’s match between Dublin and Westmeath and throughout the summer.
The stadium expects footfall of 750,000 over the next four months, including all the big games in the GAA calendar and concerts by Coldplay and U2.
The new restrictions mirror those at the Aviva Stadium which were in place for the Ireland Vs Austria World Cup Qualifier and the Robbie Williams concert over the past two weekends.
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“Following a review of safety procedures with the relevant statutory authorities, Croke Park can confirm that as of Sunday, 25 June 2017, patrons will not be permitted to take large bags and backpacks into the stadium for all match day and concert events,” read the statement from Croke Park.
“Smaller bags will be permitted but may be subject to searches and patrons are urged not to bring bags at all where possible.”
“We would like to thank our patrons in advance for their cooperation with this matter as we look forward to a fantastic season of concerts and matches in Croke Park over the coming months.”
The sandwiches then will have to be eaten on the train or out of the boot of the car. The catering facilities at the stadium may need to employ a few more to cater for the extra cups of tea needed to sustain the faithful but in the wake of recent world events, and in the pursuit of a safe environment to watch great sport, they are small prices to pay.
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