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Naming rights launch yet to be confirmed

McHale Park naming rights launch still to be confirmed

Edwin McGreal

WITH Mayo’s first home game of the Allianz National Football League less than two weeks away, it still remains unclear when the proposed new naming rights deal for McHale Park in Castlebar will be launched.
Former County Board Secretary Seán Feeney confirmed late last year that Elverys, the current sponsors of Mayo’s flagship football and hurling teams, had secured the naming rights for McHale Park for an undisclosed fee.
The five year deal with the Castlebar-based sporting goods firm will see the Mayo GAA county ground become known as ‘Elverys McHale Park’.
It had been initially expected that the naming rights would be effective from the start of this season.
However, County Board PRO Aiden McLoughlin told The Mayo News last night that it won’t be clear until later this week if the ‘Elverys McHale Park’ sponsorship will be officially launched on the night of Mayo’s glamourous floodlit fixture against the All-Ireland champions, Dublin, on Saturday, February 11 next.
A County Board meeting will take place this Thursday where the matter will be discussed and a launch date is due to be confirmed.
Meanwhile, McLoughlin also admitted that no final design has yet been decided on for the specially-commissioned commemorative Mayo jersey that is also being lined up for that clash with Dublin.
However, he did confirm that Mayo will definitely be wearing a new jersey for that game, with O’Neills and Elverys liaising on various designs at present.

ELSEWHERE, with over 600 members now signed up by the new Mayo GAA Supporters’ Club for their new €200 Cáirde Mhaigheo season ticket, most patrons will be relieved to know that they should have their season ticket in their hand before next Saturday night’s NFL opener in Portlaoise.
Mayo GAA Board PRO, Aiden McLoughlin, told The Mayo News that anyone who bought their ticket by the middle of last week will receive their ticket this week from the GAA official they bought it from.
However, anyone who doesn’t receive their official season ticket in time will be given a valid ‘pass’ from the County Board for next weekend’s tie against Laois.
Every season ticket holder is also due to receive a complimentary Cáirde Mhaigheo Mayo GAA jacket. McLoughlin told The Mayo News that they are ‘hopeful’ that those jackets will be available for Mayo’s first home National League against Dublin.
The Cairde Mhaigheo committee are now less than 400 season ticket sales away from their target of 1,000 subscribers for the 2012 season.

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