Waterford to stage home SHC games in Walsh Park

January 09, 2018

Walsh Park, Waterford
©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan.

This summer will see Walsh Park hosting Munster senior hurling championship action for the first time in 22 years.

Na Deise have two home round-robin matches in June - against Cork and Tipperary - and chairman Paddy Joe Ryan told RTE that they plan to stage these games at the city venue:

"Waterford County Board have decided that the Cork and Tipp games will be played in Walsh Park. The last time we played a Munster senior championship game there there was 16,000, 17,000 - now we're led to believe it would be 10,000 or 11,000. Things have changed a lot with health and safety. 

"We're sticking to the line that we think the games will go ahead in Walsh Park. It's a huge advantage to have the games at home. It would be a huge bonus for the city. 

"It would help us in getting funding for a redeveloped Walsh Park, which everybody yearns for. Hopefully the plan would be to, after the Tipperary game, to close Walsh Park and redevelop it for 2019."

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