Páirc Ui Chaoimh finds itself in the headlines once again following the condition of the playing surface this past weekend.
Issues have surrounded the recently refurbished home of Cork GAA since its doors opened in July 2017. Only last week the iconic venue founds itself under the microscope once more after it was reported that costs on the revamped stadium had spiralled beyond €100 million.
Add to that, the fiasco that surrounded the Liam Miller memorial match and it becomes clear that trouble seems to follow Páirc Ui Chaoimh and its owners, Cork GAA.
Following both Cork hurlers and footballers home matches this past weekend, the GAA released a statement outlining their decision to move Cork’s Allianz Hurling League clash with Clare to Páirc Uí Rinn as they prepare to relay the pitch later this year.
“The heavy pitch-side traffic, associated with the construction works for the new stadium build, has had a detrimental effect on the pitch. As was evident yesterday, in winter conditions, the surface is likely to cut up badly. However, as weather improves the grass roots will develop and playability will improve dramatically.
“The stadium team have engaged the Sports Turf Research Institute, who are international pitch specialists, to advise on the best way forward. Their preliminary results suggest a pitch replacement, later this year, will be required.”
The GAA have taken the decision to assess the pitch on a game by game basis from here on out, outlining player safety as their number one concern.
“Our primary concern is player safety, and if an acceptable standard cannot be achieved we will not risk player injury by fixing games in the stadium.
“The Cork v Clare Allianz Hurling League game scheduled for February 16th will now be played at Páirc Uí Rinn.
“Thereafter, we will assess the pitch each Monday, in advance of the upcoming Allianz League games, and advise CCCC accordingly.”
Things go from bad to worse for Páirc Ui Chaoimh. Following the recent news of overspend on refurbishing the stadium, Cork GAA really need to be playing games at the venue in order to subsidise costs.
One thing is for sure, it’s never boring in Cork.