Push on at Páirc for July opening deadline

Push on at Páirc for July opening deadline

The new South Stand of Páirc Uí Chaoimh viewed from Lover’s Walk. The re-developed stadium is due to re-open in July. Pictures: Larry Cummins

WORK on the revamped Páirc Uí Chaoimh is continuing 'at a serious pace', with Cork County Board remaining focused on a July opening.

As many as 400 people are currently working on the site applying the finishing touches ahead of the summer.

The exterior of the stadium is close to completion, with contractors Sisk now focusing their efforts on the interior fit-out of the state-of-the-art arena and its facilities.

This includes its 15,000 sq ft conference centre, a space similar to that offered in Croke Park.

Work is also progressing with the all-weather second pitch, constructed next to the Páirc.

County Board chairman Ger Lane said the GAA are satisfied with the progress to date.

He said, "It's ongoing at a serious pace now. As with any construction work at this stage of the project, you'd expect that to be the case.

"Sisk are the main contractors and up to 400 people are on site every day.

"As you can see, there has been huge progress when one considers that this project only started in December 2015. We are happy to report that the work progress is satisfactory with the emphasis now on the fit out of the various areas and the completion of the second playing field."

Last week, details of the new 10-year premium level tickets were released.

Purchasers have been offered the option of financing the tickets over five years as part of a scheme operated directly by the Cork County Board.

The financing option entails a payment of €2,000 for the first year, €1,500 for the next two years, and €1,000 for the final two years, making a total of €7,000 for the ticket.

It guarantees the ticket holder the 'best seats for all GAA matches in the stadium' as well as free entry to all county championship matches in Cork county.

Advance access to concert tickets and priority access to the 15,000 sq ft conference space is also included.

Mr Lane said there has been strong interest to date. He added that he expects this interest to grow once the stadium opens its doors.

"Interest has been very satisfactory and, like all major stadia, when the stadium opens to the public at large, that interest increases further. While we are happy with the sales to date, we expect further interest as the year progresses."

The redeveloped Páirc Uí Chaoimh is expected to be a major boost to the local economy on Leeside, hosting major GAA events and concerts on an annual basis.

It is also hoped that the stadium will play an important role in Ireland's Rugby World Cup bid, with Cork hosting some major ties in the later stages of the competition if successful.

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