Sunday 18 February 2018

Fitzgerald Stadium to host Munster football final after Pairc Ui Chaoimh fails to meet handover date

A general view of Páirc Ui Chaoimh, Cork. Photo: Sportsfile
A general view of Páirc Ui Chaoimh, Cork. Photo: Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

The Cork County Board have confirmed that Pairc Ui Chaoimh will not host either Munster senior championship final this year, as originally planned.

The handover date for the newly refurbished ground was due on June 18 but that will now not be met so the Rebels may have to sacrifice home advantage for the Munster senior football final against Kerry on July 2.

The Munster Council confirmed today that the game will take place in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney.

The Munster hurling final will take place on July 9 and a venue for that clash will be decided following this Sunday's semi-final between Cork and Waterford with the winners to play Clare.

"The new Pairc Ui Chaoimh stadium will not host either of the Munster Finals scheduled for July, as originally planned," read a statement today.

“Cork County Board was informed this morning that the scheduled handover date of June 18th would not now be met. There are still some commissioning works to be completed and these will be finished by July 7th. The first game in the new stadium will take place in mid July."

Cork County chairman, Ger Lane said: "Clearly we are disappointed but we want everything to be pristine before the stadium hosts its first major games. We want to be certain that all the expectations for this tremendous new facility will be fully met and we are satisfied that this will be the case by mid July."


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