The new Páirc Uí Chaoimh will not be ready in time to host the Munster SFC final on July 2 between Cork and Kerry or the provincial hurling decider a week later.
The new state of the art stadium was scheduled to be available for the provincial finals in both codes but this will now not be the case.
The premises was set to be handed over to the Cork County Board officially on June 18, but with a delay in project completion, this is will now not take place until July.
The Cork County Board have released a statement confirming the news today:
The new Pairc Ui Chaoimh stadium will not host either of the Munster Finals scheduled for July, as originally planned.
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 Board 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.”
This will come as extremely disappointing news for GAA fans in Cork and further afield in Munster, with the excitement of the new world-class stadium’s opening peaking just in time for the Rebels’ clash with the Kingdom following both sides’ wins in last weekend’s semi-finals.
Aaron Ward, Pundit Arena