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Wednesday 21 November 2018

GAA fans slate 'pygmy' seating

Ralph Riegel

ONE of the GAA's most powerful bodies, Cork Co Board, has been slated by ordinary Rebel County fans who claim that new stand seating at Pairc Ui Chaoimh was designed for pygmies.

A GAA fans website has been deluged with complaints from patrons who have slated the new stand seating at the Cork stadium as offering little or no leg-room and accusing the County Board of greed through trying to squeeze as many seats as possible into a confined space.

Now, even the County Board - which this month opposed the opening of Croke Park to sports such as soccer and rugby - admitted they have a problem with their new seating arrangements at the famous Leeside venue.

Cork Co Board Chairman, Jim Forbes, vowed that remedial works will be undertaken - but refused to be drawn on how much the new seating installation cost.

"Yes, we have had complaints," he said. "We are working towards rectifying the situation as soon as possible. The problem was that we were confined in that stand to the space we had, which was very tight to begin with," he added.

However, Mr Forbes declined to comment on how much the new seating installation cost, how much it will deliver in extra revenue and, now, who will pay for the remedial works.

One internet site devoted to GAA issues - www.rebelgaa.com - was deluged with complaints from fans who warned that they were either forced to suffer cramp by the end of the match through having their knees forced up to their ears or arranging with the fans in front to allow their legs be draped over the lower seat.

Incredibly, the website has recorded 1,096 complaints about the new seating arrangements at Cork's premier stadium - with the issues ranging from lack of leg room, poor visibility over the seat in front and lack of width.

The consensus is that fans over 5' 8" tall will suffer cramp and discomfort by half time.

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