Thomond Park voted best stadium by fans

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Best in the world: Thomond Park on a Munster match day. Picture: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
LIMERICK rugby fans will not be surprised by news that the iconic, beloved rugby ground Thomond Park has been voted the best of its kind in the world.

LIMERICK rugby fans will not be surprised by news that the iconic, beloved rugby ground Thomond Park has been voted the best of its kind in the world.

The rugby stadium, redeveloped to the tune of €40m in 2008, has been pushed to the top of a vote of high profile stadia worldwide by ardent Munster fans.

Thomond Park took the honour ahead of Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Newlands in Cape Town, Parc des Princes in Paris and Eden Park in Auckland in a public vote on worldwide rugby blog Intheloose.com.

Dave Nicoll of the blog explained: “Thomond Park won with an overwhelming majority of 90% after the Munster Rugby Supporters Club threw their weight behind the stadium’s campaign.”

“The Munster fans worked tirelessly to promote the vote and ensure Thomond Park came out on top,” he added.

Thomond Park boss John Cantwell said the stadium “absolutely” deserved to be ranked among the world’s best.

“In terms of its redevelopment the venue has retained everything it was meant to and probably even more so in terms of atmosphere and reputation, internationally,” he explained.

The rugby blog has seen a huge surge in traffic from these parts since the vote began, Mr Nicoll added.