Turner's Cross will be available when soccer restarts despite insurance issue  

Turner's Cross will be available when soccer restarts despite insurance issue  
Cork City goalkeeper Liam Bossin in action against Finn Harps at Turner's Cross before the soccer shutdown. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

TURNER'S Cross is not in imminent danger of closure, despite recent reports.

Earlier this week, a national newspaper said that the stadium was closed to football due to the Munster Football Association failing to meet a deadline for the payment of a €45,000 insurance premium.

This cast into the doubt the future of the stadium and its ability to host Cork City games and local cup finals. 

However, while the MFA was not in a position to make the payment in a lump sum, an installment system was negotiated and the ground is insured.

“Like any business, we’ve suffered a loss in income,” said MFA council member John Finnegan.

“With no matches, the ground hasn’t been rented and so we weren’t able to meet the cost of the premium in one payment. But to say that the ground has been closed isn’t true – we have to have public liability insurance. 

"The brokers were able to sort out a solution for us where the premium will be paid in stages and when football starts back up, the Cross will again be open for business.” 

The naming rights of the stadium are for sale in a joint initiative between the MFA and the anchor tenants, Cork City, but progress on that is paused due to the economic situation at the moment.

Finnegan also paid tribute to Ger Delaney, who recently stepped down as MFA secretary after a 15-year stint.

“Ger did incredible work, especially when you take Turner’s Cross into the mix. None of the other three provincial associations have their own stadium so he was having to double-job in looking after fixtures and the ground.

“We wish him all the best and look forward to helping his replacement, Barry Cotter, settle into the role.”

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