Dr. Hyde Park

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Dr. Hyde Park
Páirc de hÍde
Location Athlone Road, Roscommon, Ireland
Coordinates 53°37′30″N 8°10′51″W / 53.62500°N 8.18083°W / 53.62500; -8.18083Coordinates: 53°37′30″N 8°10′51″W / 53.62500°N 8.18083°W / 53.62500; -8.18083
Public transit Roscommon railway station
Owner Roscommon GAA
Capacity 25,000
Field size 145 x 90 m
Opened 1969
Construction cost €1,100,000

Dr. Hyde Park (Páirc de hÍde in Irish) is a GAA stadium in Roscommon, Ireland. Built in 1969, and officially opened in 1971, it is the home of the Roscommon Gaelic football team, with Athleague being the traditional home for the Roscommon hurling team. Named after Gaelic scholar and first President of Ireland, Douglas Hyde, the ground has had a capacity of about 30,000, though that was reduced to 18,500 after a nationwide inspection of facilities by the GAA in 2011. Remedial works have since been carried out at the ground, and the capacity been set to 25,000. [1]

The ground has hosted numerous Connacht Senior Football Championship finals, regardless of Roscommon's participation. Most memorably, it hosted the 1994 Connacht Final in which Leitrim triumphed over Mayo to win their first title since 1927. Other memorable Connacht finals hosted on this ground include the titanic tussle between Roscommon and Galway in 1998, Roscommon's dramatic last gasp win over Mayo in 2001, Sligo's triumph over Galway in 2007 and it also hosted the 1978,1987 All-Ireland Under 21 Football Championship Finals and 1978 and 1981 All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship Finals.

The ground was until recently, also home to Roscommon Gaels GAA club who have moved to newly developed grounds at Lisnamult. As the Roscommon GAA County board have now sole responsibility for the grounds, plans are in place to refurbish the playing surface in 2016 with further spectator accommodation improvements being advanced in the near future. The Grounds currently consists of four stands, one covered with seating and the other three open terraces. It is located beside the county hospital on the Athlone Road in Roscommon Town. It replaced the former home to Roscommon, St. Coman's Park, in 1969.

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