Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney is set to be redeveloped, in order that it will be considered to be included in Ireland’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
The venue, which currently can hold a capacity of 39,000, has hosted many famous clashes, most recently last year’s Munster Senior Football final when Kerry beat Cork after a replay.
Work will be carried out to upgrade the terracing and seating in the covered stand.
Speaking to The Kerryman, Kerry County Board chairman Patrick O’Sullivan spoke of the decision to revamp the stadium.
“We want to develop on the work ethic and commitment that has brought Fitzgerald Stadium to what it is today.
“We want to go further and have a facility that will continue to be symbol of Killarney’s ability as a venue that will match and compete with other centres of excellence.
“It is the hope and determination of the Stadium Committee and the County Committee to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023.”
This will certainly bolster the Irish bid for the World Cup, with the redeveloped Páirc Uí Chaoimh also certain to feature, giving the southern half of the country a strong presence in the application.
Hat-tip to Hoganstand.com.