31st August 2012
By Bryan T. Smyth
Cork Chamber Chief Executive Conor Healy today welcomed the news that a planning application for the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh will be made in October.
According to Mr. Healy,
“At present, Cork does not have a stadium with the capability of hosting major sporting events. As the second largest region in the State, the absence of such a facility has been holding us back and has resulted in the City missing out on the revenues that accompany such major sporting events. Therefore, we welcome the proposal by Cork County Board to develop a 45,000 seater stadium at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, in addition to an adjacent Centre of Excellence”.
“Located in a pivotal position in the Cork Docklands and with good access to transport links, Pairc Ui Chaoimh represents the best opportunity for the region to have a high-quality sporting and outdoor concert venue. As in Cities such as Dublin and Limerick, that often host major sporting events, the benefits for Cork business would be significant. Hotels, Public Houses, Restaurants and other service providers would all benefit from the increased capacity at the redeveloped stadium,” said Mr Healy.
Cork Chamber says it looks forward to the successful completion of the project which will bring significant economic benefits in the region.