The Cork County Board today announced plans for a new pitch to be laid at Páirc Uí Chaoimh ahead of the 2020 Allianz Leagues.
However, with the good news come a little bit of bad for Corkonians as work is set to commence next week meaning that the Rebel footballers upcoming Super 8s clash with Roscommon on the August Bank Holiday weekend has been moved to their second home of Páirc Uí Rinn. Throw-in time is set for 4 pm on Sunday, August 4 and depending on how both sides perform this weekend in Croke Park the game could either be a dead-rubber or a winner-takes-all clash.
A statement from Cork GAA released this afternoon said:
“Works are due to begin on the project during the week commencing 22 July, and the contractor has indicated that this start date is critical to achieving maximum grass growth and ensuring the availability of the pitch for all of Cork’s home Allianz League games in 2020.”
Ever since the redevelopment finished in 2017, the Páirc Uí Chaoimh pitch has proven problematic and has closed during this Allianz Leagues in 2019.
However, the ground was used to host this year’s Munster SFC final between Cork and Kerry while the Rebel hurlers also welcomed Tipperary and Waterford to the 45,000 capacity venue in the Munster SHC round-robin.
Despite this though, the iconic venue has been decommissioned for the remainder of 2019 meaning Cork’s clash with Roscommon has been moved a mile down the road to Páirc Uí Rinn.
Although close in proximity there is a sizable difference in capacity between the two stadiums as Páirc Uí Rinn holds just 16,5000 compared to Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
If Cork are to stand any hope of avoiding a dead-rubber at home in two week’s time they must defeat Mickey Harte’s in form Tyrone outfit at Croke Park this Saturday.