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Match days at Thomond Park will be even better for Munster fans this season after the facilities at the Limerick venue were upgraded over the summer.

The improvements inside and outside the stadium are designed to provide expanded food & beverage facilities, additional pre-match entertainment and improved access routes for customers attending on match-days. See a full list of upgrades and new additions below.

Fan Zone Plaza

The external area located outside the east stand has been transformed with assistance from Limerick City Council to provide an expansive plaza type facility that will allow patrons to gather and meet before matches. The plaza will include a variety of artisan type food operators with music/entertainment managed in a secure and enjoyable environment.

Bank of Ireland Family Fun Zone

Working with Davis Events we have introduced a dedicated and secure area for families to gather at the north terrace end of the stadium. From here parents and children can enjoy their own pre-match build up with a number of free activities available, face painters, balloon artists and competition giveaways.

The Guinness Dug Out Bar

Thomond Park and our partners Diageo have completed a significant investment to upgrade the Dug Out Bar located externally in the new Fan Zone Plaza. The internal décor has been completely revamped and an upgraded and expanded audio visual experience has been introduced. There is also a new external covered al fresco type facility outside the bar to enable bar patrons to enjoy the fan zone experience.

Munster Museum Experience

The existing museum is being upgraded and relocated with assistance from Fáilte Ireland to deliver an enhanced international standard visitor experience on a daily basis. The new museum is being relocated externally beside the Guinness Dug Out Bar in the new Fan Zone Plaza providing a fascinating insight into the history and heritage of Munster Rugby including interactive content to be enjoyed by both young and old. The Museum can be enjoyed before and after matches and is also available on a daily basis as part of our Stadium Tour Experience.

Food & Beverage

Our catering partners Masterchefs have completed a significant investment to upgrade and expand the food & beverage facilities throughout the stadium. Patrons can now enjoy the Artisan Grill (Fish & Chips, Burgers & Sausages etc) Proppa Posh (Pizzas & Panini's) Café Noir (Speciality Coffees, Soups etc) located in both stands. Also a selection of additional kiosks called The Ruck and The Maul have been introduced throughout offering refreshments and value for money food deals.

Thomond Park Public Bars

Thomond Park Stadium is now responsible for the direct management and operation of all the public bars throughout the stadium. We feel that this will allow us to deliver a dedicated service to our customers with our core objective to become the best in the business in this area. The Public Bars include all concourse and terrace bars, The Guinness Dug Out Bar and the MRSC Bar.

Thomond Park Stadium Stats

• The works were carried out between March 2007 to September 2008 by PJ Hegarty & Sons.

• The two stands are constructed using precast concrete frame and floors. Stiffness is provided using in-situ shear walls.

• The 135m long roof is supported onto the overhead Arch which is anchored at either end with the concrete pedestals. The rear of the roof is carried onto the back of the stands.

• Both stands were constructed without access onto the playing surface.

• The top of the Arch is approximately 40m above pitch level. This is similar to a 14 storey building.

• 840 tonnes of steelwork was used. All the steelwork placed end to end would stretch for 10 miles.

• 135 tonnes of steelwork are used in the construction of each arch.

• The back row of seats are 27m above the pitch.

• 20,000 m3 of concrete was used in the construction of the stands.

• 10,000 m2 (1 hectare) of cladding was used in the roofs and elevation.

• There is nearly 2km of handrails used in staircases and guardrails.

The official stadium capacity is 25600.

There is no parking at Thomond Park on match days, but as the ground is a short walk from the City Centre you can avail of parking facilities there.

Park and Ride schemes also offer from a range of locations - check back on the website in advance to find out what is happening on your specific match day.

(Colbert station is located in the city centre and is approx. 2.6km, 10 mins walk from the stadium.

Regular direct services operate to Dublin (2.5 hours) and Galway (2 hours) whilst connections to other destinations including Cork and Waterford can be made at Limerick Junction.

Patrons should consult the timetables on www.irishrail.ie for further information on train arrival times)

(Colbert station is located in the city centre and is approx. 2.6km, 10 mins walk from the stadium.

Head north on ParnellStreet toward Davis Street, Take the 1st left onto Davis Street, Turn left onto Pery Street, Take the 1st right onto Mallow Street, Continue onto Lower Mallow Street, At Shannonbridge Roundabout, exit onto Shannon Bridge, Continue onto Condell Road, Turn right onto Shelbourne Road Lower

Go through 1 roundabout, Continue onto Shelbourne Road, Turn left onto Cratloe Road, The Stadium is on your right.

Patrons should consult the timetables on www.buseireann.ie for further information on bus arrival times)

This is directions via walking to Thomond Park

The ground was purchased by the Munster Branch I.R.F.U. in 1938, when the Ballyphehane area of Cork City, was still open country.

The onset of the Second World a year later prevented the immediate development of the ground, but it was possible to build a small pavilion and to put in place two playing pitches.

The Dolphin and Sunday's Well clubs who at that time were having great difficulties in their grounds were installed as tenants. The grounds were named after the late Jimmy Musgrave who had been prominent in both Munster and Irish rugby for many years.

One of the driving forces behind the setting up of the ground was the then Honorary Secretary of the Branch T.W.O'Brien, Sunday November 10th, 1940 saw the opening of the ground, which was opened by the Lord Mayor of Cork Alderman William Desmond and was then followed by a charity match in aid of the Marsh Building fund between the Munster Branch President's (Louis Daly) XV and the Branch Honorary Secretary (Tommy O'Brien) XV.

During the war the Cork Corporation stored turf on the 'back pitch' this mode of heat being so important to the people during those years.

Eventually it was decided to provide a stand - it was a pity that when it was been built that it was erected on such lofty stilts.

It was usually closed on match days, but on the odd occasion that it was opened to the public, such as a visit of a touring side or an interprovincial match it was usually half full. Eventually it was demolished and a structure almost the full length of the pitch installed, the timber seating came from the old West Stand in Lansdowne Road. The venue has come a long way since those far off days.

On the field some of the highlights was the day that Munster held the mighty All-Blacks, the visitors gaining a share of the spoils with an injury time penalty, while the province have registered a hat-trick of wins over the Wallabies at the venue, their last success came in 1992 when the Australians were World Champions.

Other events that have been staged at the ground included major Pipe Band competitions as well as a European Cup soccer match.

Irish Independent Park Stats:

• The works were carried out between June 2014 to January 2015 by BAM.

• The new stand is 100m long and sits neatly between existing flood lighting towers.

• The new West Stand and roof works to existing East Terrace, were constructed without access onto the playing surface.

• The top of West Stand is approx. 14m above pitch level - the same height as 3 stacked double decker buses.

• 150 tonnes of structural steelwork used

• 2,000m3 of concrete used in new stand foundations and ground floor.

• Approximately 3,500 m2 of cladding used in the roofs and elevations of both stands - half the size of a rugby pitch!

Reaching Cork by car is relatively straightforward as the road system connects all of the large cities. Main roads serving the city include the N8 from Dublin, N25 from Waterford, N20 from Limerick, N22 from Killarney and the N71 from West Cork.

Musgrave Park is situated in Ballyphehane and is accessible from the South Ring Rd. or through the city.

There is a park and ride facility in operation for Munster matches in the Black Ash Park and Ride, located off the South City Link Rd. and ten minutes walk from the stadium.

Please keep an eye on the website for specific match times and prices in the run-up to a Munster home game.

Iarnroid Eireann, Ireland's National train company operates from Cork's Kent train station and is located on the lower Glanmire Road, 10 minutes walk from the city bus station.

Connections to all major rail-linked towns and cities can be made from Kent Station.

More details on the Irish rail service can be found at http://www.irishrail.ie/

Bus Eireann provide a nationwide network and service to Cork.

The Cork city bus station is located at Parnell Place. Irish Independent Park is located between Pearse Rd. and Tramore Road in Ballyphehane, Cork and the number 3 bus operates from Patrick St. (around the corner from Parnell Place) to Ballyphehane. The city bus-stop is located outside Brown Thomas and there is a bus-stop right outside the Dolphin entrance of Irish Independent Park on Pearse Rd.

Further timings and information can be found at http://www.buseireann.ie/bubble.php?id=59#cork

This is directions via walking to Irish Independent Park

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