Waterford insist that they will be able to stage two Munster SHC matches in Walsh Park this summer.
Having received planning permission on Friday to carry out redevelopment work which will increase the capacity of the city venue to 16,500, the County Board intends to defer the €7m upgrade until after Na Deise’s two home round-robin provincial championship games.
According to chairman Paddy Joe Ryan, they are fully committed to bringing Clare to Walsh Park on May 12th and to entertain All-Ireland champions Limerick on June 2nd, having been forced to play all four of their Munster championship matches outside the county last year.
“That’s no longer in question, the Clare and Limerick games will both take place in Walsh Park,” Ryan told The Irish Times. “The Slattery Report has put the capacity at 11,040 people, that’s allowed, subject to some remedial work, which is already started.
“Everything will be ready for the championship. There was an issue with a wall as well, which was in danger of falling, but that’s being taken down. There was some other remedial work, in the short term, some small health and safety things. But we don’t see any obstacle now whatsoever. It’s full steam ahead.”Tweet