The €2.3 million redevelopment of Clare GAA’s County Grounds seated stand is ongoing with the roof of the stand now removed.
The southern stand by Francis Street will also see a host of developments. The roof of the southern stand is to be replaced while the undercroft accommodation is to be upgraded. The seating in the southern stand is to be upgraded along with the public toilets, the existing turnstiles will be replaced as part of the development.
Other enhancements throughout Cusack Park will see circulation and signage improved along with sanitary conditions. The playing field will be surrounded by six foot high strandwire.
It is hoped with the substantial upgrade to the County Grounds that the capacity will increase from the current 12,800 to between 20 and 21,000. A proposal has been put in place for the construction of a specific disabled area which would give patrons adequate space and comfort to attend matches.
Work on the southern stand is the first phase due to be completed at the County Grounds. Phase two will see the commencement of work on the recently purchased Cloister site including the construction of a car park.
Games in the Clare SFC and Clare SHC will take continue to take place in Cusack Park while the redevelopment is ongoing. Just one game is scheduled for the venue this week as Kilmurry/Ibrickane take on Ennistymon in Round Three of the Clare SFC.
Reporting by Páraic McMahon.