Gardai in Killarney will be operating an extensive security and traffic management plan today to ensure the safety of visiting fans from both sides.
Gardai anticipate that the majority of the traffic will arrive from the Tralee side, as Mayo supporters will use the western corridor via Limerick to arrive in Killarney.
Car parking facilities will be available near the rugby pitch on the northern side of the by-pass road.
“The preferred route for Mayo fans will be via Limerick and our traffic management plan has taken that in to account, both before the game and for the exits post-match,” sergeant Dermot O’Connell told the Killarney Advertiser. “We ask all people arriving from the Tralee side to head for the by-pass where there will be plenty of parking in the rugby grounds and stewards there to direct them.”
With over 30,000 ticketed fans, and countless without tickets, the Gardai are advising people to arrive early.
“Get into the stadium early,” added sergeant O’Connell. “There will be plenty of entertainment laid on by the GAA inside in the grounds.”
Security will be tight on all approach streets to the stadium with areas cordoned off at the Lewis Road and Rock Road access roads.
These roads will be closed to traffic and local residents will have to show their driving licences to gain access to local streets. In addition the Lewis Road will be used an evacuation route for emergency services and will be closed to traffic from 10am.
“People are advised not to bring bottles or umbrellas or anything that could be considered a weapon near the ground,” added O’Connell. “We will be confiscating such items.”
Disabled fans will be able to access specific parking at the Dalton’s Avenue entrance to the stadium.