Earlier this week, Cork GAA fans were dealt the blow as it was announced that Páirc Uí Chaoimh would not be open in time for the Munster SFC final against Kerry.
The planned handover date of the stadium from the contractors to the county board was scheduled for June 18, but now that has been pushed back.
For some time, a Cork vs Kerry Munster final had been targeted but now a new opener is needed.
Last night at a county board meeting, chairman Ger Lane suggested that late July is now being targeted.
“Opening a new stadium with 40,000 people, everything had to be 100%.
“We’re very confident that it will be handed to us on July 7…and it will be awarded big games in late July.” [Quotes via Irish Examiner].
The All-Ireland Hurling Championship quarter-finals have taken place in Semple Stadium every year since 2010, but may not necessarily be tied to the venue.
According to the Irish Examiner, that doubleheader looks like to take place Lee-side.
With the counties involved all likely to be geographically close to Cork, provided Galway win the Leinster Championship, it seems like a plausible option.
Home advantage for the Rebels would not appear to be an issue either, as Tipperary played a home quarter-final against Dublin in 2014.
Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man podcast, where we question if Kilkenny are finished, look ahead to Donegal vs Tyrone and hear from Derek McGrath ahead of Waterford vs Cork.