PLANS are in place to erect a new 3,000-seater stand at Munster’s second home in Musgrave Park which will increase the capacity to more than 9,000.
The temporary stand erected at the venue in August 2011 was introduced as a short-term measure and planning permission for the stand expires at the end of the season.
The new West Stand planned is set to include dressing rooms, a function room, media and medical facilities and public toilets. The work also incorporates covering the existing East Terrace in order to enhance spectator experience. The project will be funded through existing capital development funds allocated to Musgrave Park, a National Lottery grant already in place, and the sale of a plot of land on the east side of the grounds. The existing playing areas are unaffected. This plot of land has been on the market for the past two months and Munster Rugby are confident the province can reach agreement on the sale. Work will commence in January 2014, subject to the successful sale of land and the granting of planning permission. It is estimated that the project will take up to 9 months to complete. In the meantime Munster Rugby hope to extend planning permission on the existing temporary stand until January 2014 in order to host competitive games at the venue.
Meanwhile, it’s been confirmed that Bank of Ireland has agreed to become main sponsor of Munster Rugby from this July. The deal includes exclusive branding of all playing and training kit for the Munster senior and “A” teams. The five-year agreement continues a long relationship with the bank dating back to 1998. It is estimated that the deal could be worth in the region of €700,000 a year plus bonuses to Munster if certain performance targets are met.