We may still be limited to 200in a stadium but these things will pass and Global Healthcare leader UPMC have been on-site at UPMC Nowlan Park to help the Kilkenny County Board prepare for the eventual opening up of the turnstiles.
The stadium has been upgraded and adapted to ensure a safe and enjoyable matchday experience with minimal inconvenience for players and fans.
In line with public health guidance, UPMC have installed extensive signage throughout the stadium outlining the new safety precautions, including physical distancing, hand hygiene and the avoidance of personal contact.
To ensure distancing is maintained in the stadium, seating is restricted and clearly marked.
Perspex screens have been fitted in turnstiles for the protection of volunteers and supporters, and hand sanitising stations have been installed throughout the stadium.
“Safety Officers,” identified by clearly marked vests, above, will oversee all training session and matches to ensure guidelines are followed for the safety of players, officials and supporters.
To assist clubs across the county, UPMC is providing safety officers vests to all 41 clubs in Kilkenny.
UPMC has been providing healthcare in Ireland since 2006, with operations including UPMC Whitfield Hospital in Waterford, two UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre locations in Waterford and Cork, UPMC Kildare Hospital in Clane and the UPMC Carlow Outreach Centre.
The UPMC Concussion Network, founded in 2018, was the first countrywide network for the diagnosis and treatment of concussion in people of all ages.
Last year the company became the official healthcare partner of the GAA and the Gaelic Players Association, and signed up to naming rights on UPMC Nowlan Park.
Little did we know then how much impact healthcare was about to have on sport and every other aspect of our society.
“Our mission is to serve our communities with outstanding patient care, clinical and technological innovation, research and education,” said David Beirne, managing director of UPMC in Ireland and senior vice president, UPMC International.
“We are proud to partner with Kilkenny GAA to ensure UPMC Nowlan Park is prepared for the safest possible return of play. The past few months have been challenging for everyone, and we are excited to see GAA games once again at UPMC Nowlan Park.”
“We look forward to supporting the GAA and Gaelic games in Kilkenny and throughout Ireland for years to come.”