A massive audience turnout of more than 27,000 is expected for Saturday’s final Super 8 group game. The game contenders are Mayo and Donegal and it is scheduled to be played at Elvery’s MacHale Park in Castlebar.
For the big event, fans have especially urged for providing the provision of ‘Park Smart-Park Safe’. The stakes are especially high with an All Ireland Semi-Final place, which awaits the announcement of winners.
However, the event has also drawn concerns over health and safety issues. The GAA fans parking of the N5 draws the possibility of serious injuries, and even death concerns, when fans depart and return to their vehicles in the evening. The game reports a throw-in at 6pm. Based on health and safety reasons, parking by fans alongside N5 is not recommended.
Reports suggest, not every motorist along N5 will realize on Saturday evening about the ongoing football match and the obstruction caused by vehicles or through the dangerously parked vehicles on Saturday evening, causing them to be towed away.
“As there will be a large volume of traffic on the roads for the game, we urge everyone to take care and ensure that their trip to this great sporting occasion does not end in tragedy. Please take the message seriously about safe parking and avail the car parking available in Castlebar and we wish everyone a safe journey to and from the game,” reports Donegal County Council’s Road Safety Officer Brian O’Donnell.
“We would advise all fans who are attending the game to avail of official car parking spaces which are available and highlighted on the map being circulated and if you’re walking, please make yourself visible to other road users,” added Road Safety Officer with Mayo County Council Noel Gibbons.