Gortakeegan

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Gortakeegan
Former names Century Homes Park
Kingspan Century Park
Location Monaghan
Ireland
Coordinates Coordinates: 54°14′00″N 6°58′00″W / 54.2333°N 6.9667°W / 54.2333; -6.9667
Operator Monaghan United
Capacity 5,000 (800 seats)
Surface Grass
Scoreboard Yes
Construction
Opened 1987
Renovated mid-1990s
Tenants
Monaghan United
Former
Dundalk

Gortakeegan (Irish: Gort an Chaocháin [1]) is an association football venue in the Republic of Ireland based in Monaghan. It has been the home ground of former League of Ireland club Monaghan United since 1987. The ground has an 800-seater covered stand and an overall capacity of 5,000. Floodlights were added in 1995 and a new stand was officially opened by Mick McCarthy in 1996.[2]

The fourteen acre Gortakeegan complex, which includes four floodlit astro turf pitches, is a designated FAI regional centre.[3][4][5]

In 2000, after Monaghan United secured a sponsorship deal with the building firm, Century Homes, the ground became known as Century Homes Park. In 2005 after Century Homes was acquired by the Kingspan Group, the ground became known as Kingspan Century Park. When the sponsorship deal ended the ground reverted to its original name.[2][6]

During the 2005 season, while Oriel Park was being redeveloped, Dundalk played many of their home games at Gortakeegan.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gort an Chaocháin / Gortakeegan". www.logainm.ie. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Stadium". monaghanunited.tv. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Monaghan United Cavan Football Partnership". mucfp.com. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Monaghan United Sports Grounds". monaghanhasit.ie. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "General View of Monaghan United Grounds Photos". www.sportsfile.com. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Kingspan Group PLC ("Kingspan") announces acquisition of Century Homes ("Century")". www.kingspan.com. 14 March 2005. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Ghost of Gortakeegan: Five Games That Shook Dundalk". www.dundalkfc.com. 23 April 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2016.