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Connacht Rugby Sizing Up Ground-Change To Cater For Larger Crowds

GALWAY, IRELAND - JANUARY 20: Connacht fans during Heineken Cup match between Connacht and Harlequins at Sportsground on January 20, 2012 in Galway, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Connacht Rugby is riding the crest of a wave at present. The Pro 12 champions are readying themselves for the European Champions Cup, while also plotting a defence of their league title.

This all means that there is increased hype this year, and tickets are in high demand.

Currently, they play their games at the Sportsground, which has a capacity of 7,800. However, it is a natural progression that they will need a more spacious venue.

Eamonn Deacy Park, home of Galway United, is expected to be redeveloped, bringing the capacity to somewhere between 8,000 and 12,000.

The Irish Independent today are reporting that we may see the oval ball at Terryland in the near future, as a ground-sharing agreement could take place.

Willie Ruane, Connacht Chief Executive, last May decribed a new stadium as an “utmost priority”.

“We’ve done a lot of work as to what we believe a stadium should look like.

“We have two options, one is staying. The other is moving and we believe we have some strong potential in that area.”

Connacht’s emergence as a force in recent seasons is a major boost for Irish rugby as a whole, with a fourth truly competitive team adding to the entire set-up.

If they are to move to a bigger stadium, this could increase revenue for the province.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.