Sale of land moves Musgrave Park development plan closer

Munster Rugby’s plans to redevelop Musgrave Park moved a step closer to fruition yesterday with the sale of land on the Cork stadium’s grounds.

Munster have had planning permission approved by Cork City Council since September for a new, 3,000-seat West Stand and the covering of the East Terrace at Musgrave Park but were waiting for the sale of a plot of land on the east side of the grounds to part-finance the project in addition to a National Lottery grant and existing capital development funds.

A contract for the plot of land’s sale has now been provisionally agreed, though it is subject to the prospective purchaser being granted planning permission.

That should pave the way for Munster to embark on the redevelopment next March after Musgrave Park’s final RaboDirect Pro12 game of the season, against Zebre on February 15.

Local residents were briefed on developments yesterday and told that no playing areas on the grounds, shared by the Dolphin and Sunday’s Well clubs, would be affected by the land sale.

The nine-month project will increase capacity from 8,300 to 9,500. There are currently 2,900 seats in a temporary stand but that structure will make way for a new West Stand comprising dressing rooms, a function room, medical facilities, media area, toilets, and 3,000 seats.

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