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The Waterford hurlers will play their Munster championship games at Walsh Park this summer. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

The Waterford hurlers will play their Munster championship games at Walsh Park this summer. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

The Waterford hurlers will play their Munster championship games at Walsh Park this summer. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Waterford will play their two home Munster championship games at Walsh Park this summer after resolving a 'structural issue' which reduced the venue's capacity in 2018.

Waterford were forced to play their home fixtures in Limerick and Thurles last summer due to the unavailability of Walsh Park, but today it has been confirmed that the Deise will play on home soil later this year.

The GAA Health and Safety consultants have set the capacity for both games at 11,000, in a move that was welcomed by Waterford County Board chairman Paddy Joe Ryan.

"We are delighted to be playing our home games in Walsh Park on May 12th and June 2nd," he said.

"Due to a structural issue at the ground in 2018, which significantly reduced the capacity, we didn't play Senior Hurling Championship games at the ground. However, this issue has since been resolved and the capacity set at 11,000. These games will be a big boost for the county and local businesses and we look forward to welcoming the supporters of Clare and Limerick to Waterford City.

"We are embarking on a redevelopment of the ground, which will bring the capacity to 15,500, including 9,000 seats."

Waterford were hurt badly by the lack of home advantage in 2018, drawing with Tipperary in Limerick before losing to Cork in Thurles. They also lost away fixtures to Limerick and Clare, finishing bottom of the Munster championship group.

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