Historic day at Thomand Park
The last major match to be played at Limericks famous Thomand Park before its redevelopment will get under way this evening when Munster go head to head with the Leicester Tigers.
A Parade is scheduled to leave Bedford Row at 3:30 heading to Ennis Rd onto Thomond Park ahead of the game at 5.35pm
The €40m facelift will bring the capacity of the ground to 26,000.The new look Thomond Park will have two new stands in addition to new changing rooms, medical suite, executive boxes, banqueting facilities and supporters bars.
Hugh Murray of Murray O'Laoire Architects, Limerick, said,
"The new Thomond Park stands will enhance the legendary intensity of the 'Munster experience' by housing 15,000 fans as close to the pitch as possible and with great views of the action. They will be a powerful icon of the home of Munster Rugby for future generations and their distinctive curved forms will stand out as a proud new city landmark."
At the unveiling of the redevelopment plans last year, president of the Munster branch of the IRFU Ken Lyons said that,
"There are few rugby followers in the world who are not aware of the history and great traditions associated with rugby at Thomond Park. This wonderful redevelopment project is entirely fitting.Taoiseach Bertie Ahern will be in attendance at the event which will be no doubt an emotional farewell to one era and the welcoming of another.
The new stadium will be ready to use in 2008.
(The photo above was sent to us from inside Thomand Park , taken around 15 minutes prior to kick-off.)
Munster 6 - 13 Leicester.