Walsh Park revamp unlikely to happen before next summer

December 02, 2017

Walsh Park, Waterford
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Waterford remain hopeful of hosting Tipperary and Cork in next year's new Munster SHC round-robin series, despite county secretary Pat Flynn admitting that redevelopment works at Walsh Park are unlikely to take place before then.

The Waterford city venue hasn't host a major provincial game since 1996 due to its capacity of just 11,500, and there is speculation that Derek McGrath's charges could be forced to play their 'home' Munster SHC games outside the province in Nowlan Park.

"Realistically it (next year's championship) might be too soon. The plans we're looking at, we might have to wait until after the championship next year to commence with those - after June, probably," Flynn told the Irish Examiner at the unveiling of Waterford GAA's new sponsor in Lismore yesterday.

"There are negotiations going on at the moment, we're drafting plans about a possible redevelopment. Then we'll be going to costings and see where we can go with those.

"At the moment the games are still fixed for Walsh Park, though. That's what we're looking at as the venue.

"There may be some remedial works that have to be done to raise the capacity up by a couple of thousand - at the moment it's 11,500 so, depending on health and safety, we may need to put in those remedial works to raise the capacity by a couple of thousand. But as I say, at the moment the games are fixed for Walsh Park.

"We will be discussing alternatives if there are alternatives, but that's our focus at the moment."

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