Saturday 24 June 2017

Armagh sell stadium rights

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

Armagh have sold the naming rights to their new-look county grounds to one of their most loyal sponsors, Morgan Fuels.

The ground hosts a huge Ulster SFC derby on May 28, when All-Ireland finalists Down come to the city, and by then the venue will be officially called the 'Morgan Athletic Grounds'.

Morgan Fuels is already the county's long-time jersey sponsor and this naming deal, initially for five years, is believed to be netting close to the €800,000 that Armagh have invested in their stadium in recent years.

The grounds were closed completely in 2001 for a major renovation project. The ground now has close to a 20,000 capacity, including a seated stand that holds 5,600. The last time Armagh played an Ulster SFC game there was against Derry in 1995, so the Down game will be a hugely anticipated one.

Within the GAA, Cavan is the only other county to sell the naming rights for its county headquarters at Kingspan Breffni Park. Armagh have been hit with a couple of injuries ahead of the Down game.

Gareth Swift, who started at half-forward and corner-forward in last year's championship, got injured in a challenge game against Kildare last Thursday and an X-ray has since confirmed he has a broken collarbone.

And the Orchard County will also be without former Young Player of the Year Ronan Clarke, who has suffered a setback from the Achilles injury that has dogged him for the past year.

Irish Independent

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