On May 8th, 2018 PST Sport commenced works on a modified 3G playing surface at Munster Rugby’s Cork-based stadium, Musgrave Park, also known as Irish Independent Park. The significant development is part of Munster Rugby’s long-term strategy for the Cork area and will see the existing grass surface being replaced with a world class artificial grass surface.
Musgrave Park is the focal point for rugby in South Munster. Once completed, the new 10,500m 3G facility will ensure wider availability of the venue and a significant increase in games played. This will benefit the sport and wider community and further enhance the development of rugby at grassroots level.
Other benefits will include a reduction in long-term maintenance costs which will be significantly lower than maintaining the previous grass surface. There will also be an opportunity for additional revenue if the venue is hired out.
With such good weather, progress has been excellent and we are almost at the end of Phase 1. The first step involved digging 0.5 metres into the pitch surface, removing the soil and levelling the sub-base. This was followed by the installation of 3,000 metres of drainage pipes and 200 metres of irrigation piping. The PST team are currently laying a 3-inch stone base which will form the base of the synthetic grass surface.
Phase 2 of the development will involve the installation of 10,500m of our Superb artificial grass which comes with a 12-year manufacturer’s warranty and shock pad.
Munster Rugby Head of Operations, Philip Quinn, said:
“In terms of facilities, it is fantastic to see this phase of our long-term strategy progressing. Since 2015 we have installed a new 3,500 seated stand and covered terrace at Irish Independent Park, improved match-day facilities, and will now have access to a consistently world-class surface all season.
Better facilities cater for greater access and the venue is central to Munster Rugby’s plans for growth and development. This is a valuable addition to the rugby landscape in Cork and the province.”
Colin Teahon, PST Sport’s Managing Director said:
“This pitch will allow Munster players of all ages to play on the same surface as their heroes, year-round, and whatever the weather.”
Works are due to be completed by the end of July ahead of Munster’s pre-season games against London Irish and Exeter Chiefs.
You can view all recent installation projects by PST Sport here.