Croke Park hosted Sunday’s All-Ireland senior club finals, off the back of a busy winter schedule at the Jones’ Road venue.
HQ has held a higher number of matches than usual across the November, December and January period, with the culmination of club competitions at junior, intermediate and senior in both codes, along with Camogie and ladies football action.
It has taken its toll on the field seemingly, with the surface apparently falling short of its usual high standards.
Numerous viewers noted the field’s wear and tear during the senior hurling showpiece between Ballyhale Shamrocks and Dunloy, with the football decider between Kilmacud Crokes and Glen still to come.
Offaly legend Brian Whelahan and former Galway goalkeeper James Skehill were among the critics.
There will be no let-up for the Croke Park surface in the coming weeks, with Dublin hosting Kildare in the National Football League opener next Saturday.
Dessie Farrell’s side will play all of their Division 2 home games at the venue throughout the springtime campaign.
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