Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork will not be made available by the GAA for Liam Miller’s testimonial.
According to RTÉ the Lord Mayor of Cork Mick Finn made an approach to the Cork County Board regarding the availability of the stadium, but the board responded that Croke Park was the only GAA stadium in the country where games other than Gaelic games could be played.
A rule change at the GAA Congress would be required as every pitch apart from Croke Park must first gain permission from the GAA for any outside use.
The recently renovated Páirc Uí Chaoimh has a capacity of 45,000 but will now not be available and so the game will go ahead at the much smaller Turners Cross which holds 7,000 people.
Ex-Kerry footballer Tomás Ó’Sé took to Twitter to outline his displeasure at the decision.
Every pitch except Croke Park has to go before Congress for permission for outside use. So even though Cork county board were open to letting the Liam Miller testimonial match go ahead in pairc Uí Chaiomh (45000) they can’t use it and it will be in Turners Cross (7000) my God
— Tomás Ó Sé (@tomas5ky) July 19, 2018
The game will take place on September 25th as Manchester United legends take on Republic of Ireland and Celtic legends at Turners Cross.
A black-tie gala dinner will also take place following the game at Cork City Hall.