Michael Moynihan in today’s Irish Examiner is reporting that discussions are at “an advanced though delicate stage.”
The capacity of the redeveloped Pairc Uí Chaoimh is 45,000 versus the 25,000 limit that would if the game was staged as would normally be the case at Thomond Park in Limerick.
Munster does play matches in Cork at Irish Independent Park, where Ireland’s U20 team won the Grand Slam this year but with a capacity of only 9,000, it would not be big enough to host the biggest of matches.
If an agreement is reached between the independent board of Pairc Uí Chaoimh and Munster Rugby it could open the door to future Major Games in the Heineken Champions Cup being played there.
Heineken has a major operation in the City and would doubtless welcome that should the opportunity arise.
The possibility of Pairc Uí Chaoimh being used came about after this year’s GAA Congress when it was agreed that Regional or County grounds could apply to host non GAA sporting fixtures.
The Irish Examiner reports that staging the game in Cork could be worth as much as €10 Million to the City. It also suggests a payment of €300,000 that could accrue to Cork GAA.
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