GAA fans across the South-East will likely be able to pick any seat in the house during the Allianz National League series, as the Minister says he expects stadiums to return to full capacity ahead of the 2022 campaign.
Jack Chambers says he also expects full capacity crowds at Ireland's Six Nations opening fixtures.
Jack Chambers says he is optimistic that covid restrictions will be lifted in time to allow spectators at full capacity for the league openers in Croke Park in 10 days time and at the Aviva on February 5th.
Tipperary face Laois in the National Hurling League on that same day in O'Moore Park, while the following bumper Sunday sees action in both the football and hurling leagues, with games at Semple Stadium, Nowlan Park, and Wexford Park.
While Carlow fans will be the first to benefit theoretically, with their footballers hosting London on the opening night of the national leagues.
NPHET meets on Thursday against a backdrop of falling covid case numbers and calls for a fast reopening of society, and Minister Chambers says he expects a decision within days.