Cork GAA chairman Ger Lane has said they are pressing ahead with plans to sell naming rights to the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh – but the existing stadium name will be retained in any deal.
“We have retained the services of an expert company in this area, based in Dublin, which is seeking out potential sponsors. Páirc Uí Chaoimh as a project has been an outstanding success and is now regarded as one of the best stadiums in Europe,” he said.
“The naming rights will not be sold cheaply. We will be looking to ensure that any agreement reflects the value and stature of this stadium. It will be a considerable deal when it happens, far bigger than any similar arrangement elsewhere in Cork.”
A new board of directors, featuring leading Cork businessmen Michael O’Flynn and John Mullins, has also been established to run the Páirc stadium as a separate entity to the day-to-day running of the Board’s activities. Stáid Cois Laoi will be based on the business model of Pairc an Chrocaigh Teoranta (PCT), run by Peter McKenna, who will also be part of the 11-person Páirc Uí Chaoimh board along with Croke Park stadium financial controller, Ger Mulryan.
The board of directors will be chaired by incoming Cork GAA chair Tracey Kennedy and will also include Ger Lane, secretary Frank Murphy, Christy Cooney, Bob Ryan and retiring Board treasurer, Pearse Murphy. The incoming treasurer, who will be elected at annual convention next Sunday, will also be on the board of directors.
Said Mr Lane: “The combination of experience and ability on that board will be second to none. I also believe the contribution of the new stadium not just to gaelic games, but to Cork Inc and the people of the city and county will be immense in the years ahead.”
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