Musgrave Park, Cork
|Irish Independent Park|
Musgrave Park stands, September 2013
|Public transit||Cork railway station
Pearse Road / O'Growney Crescent bus stop
|Owner||Irish Rugby Football Union|
|Capacity||9,251 (3,450 seated)|
|Opened||1940 Redevelopment 2014|
|Dolphin RFC, Sundays Well RFC, Munster Rugby|
Musgrave Park, also known as Irish Independent Park, is a rugby football stadium in the city of Cork, Ireland. The ground consists of four terraces, one stand, three tribunes, one jogging track, and two VIP stands on the west side. Musgrave has a capacity of about 9,251 (mainly terracing) and is situated on Pearse Road in Ballyphehane. The ground was originally named after Jimmy Musgrave, a past-president of the Irish Rugby Football Union, but naming rights were sold to Independent News & Media in 2014.
In March 2010 it was announced that a major redevelopment was to take place at the ground. A new all seated West Stand would be built in the first phase of a development to bring capacity to over 12,500. However in February 2011 the Munster Branch announced that work on the West Stand would not go ahead as planned - due to difficulty raising funding. Instead a 4,000 seat temporary stand was erected in the summer of 2011. The old seated West Stand was demolished and replaced by the temporary structure, giving an overall capacity of 10,000 with 4,000 seats.
In March 2013 it was announced that a new permanent 3,300 seated West Stand would be built ahead of the 2013/14 season. It would also incorporate changing, medical, media and function rooms. The East Terrace would also have a roof added as part of the development. After the development is complete the capacity of the ground is expected to be 9,500 in total. To fund this development a 1.1 acre strip of land to the east of the site was made available for sale. Following a naming-rights deal with Independent News & Media, upon the planned reopening in early 2015, the ground is expected to be renamed as Irish Independent Park.
The stadium hosts some of Munster Rugby's home fixtures though Thomond Park, Limerick is the venue for all Heineken Cup games. Some smaller Pro12 games and pre-season friendlies are played in Musgrave park.
The stadium also host many local important games such as finals for amateur cup competitions and Schools Rugby.
In September 1991 League of Ireland club Cork City F.C. played a league game at Musgrave Park against Shamrock Rovers and the following Wednesday Cork City drew 1–1 with FC Bayern Munich in a UEFA Cup game played at the ground.
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