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Limerick
Thomond Park

Capacity: 26,500 (Seats 15,100)
Address:
Hassetts Cross, Limerick, County Limerick
Main Telephone No: 061 324 563
Year Ground Opened: 1940
Pitch Size: To be advised

Team Nickname: Blues
Home Kit Colours: Blue and White
Official Web Site:
www.limerickfc.ie






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Contents
What's Thomond Park Like?
External View 
(photo)
Future Developments
Visiting Supporters
Looking Towards The South Terrace
(photo)
Where To Drink?
East Stand
(photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
West Stand
(photo)
By Train
North Terrace
(photo)
By Bus
South Terrace
(photo)
Admission Prices
Programme Price
Local Rivals
Ground Layout
Fixtures 2014
Record & Average Attendance
Hotel Accommodation
Thomond Park Location Map


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What's Thomond Park Like?

Known as the home of Munster Rugby Club in Limerick, Thomond Park is simply stunning. Its current 26,500 capacity makes it one of the largest provincial Rugby Grounds in Europe, and rather obviously, the largest stadium of  the 12 Irish Premier League football clubs. The ground is located around 1 mile to the North-West of Limerick City Centre, across the river in the suburban Hassetts Cross area. The stadium has open terraces behind both goals, the South terrace which backs onto Cratloe Road holds around 2,000 with the slightly bigger North terrace, with its scoreboard holding around 2,500, backing onto a housing estate. The graceful curved roof steelwork of the East and West Stands can be seen for miles around and were opened in 2008 to finally complete the stadium re-development.

The East Stand houses Munster's Club Offices, Reception, Ticket Office and Museum, and is split into two tiers-the upper tier forming a steep seating deck of 7,550 mainly red plastic seats. There is a row of executive boxes at mid-level with a large terrace below holding around 5,000 spectators. This arrangement, having a pitch side terrace rather than a lower tier of seating certainly pays dividend for Rugby games as it allows the most vocal supporters to stand on all four sides of the ground, whilst also keeping the standing ticket prices lower than seating. For football the East Stand is the main hub of support, with (as far as we are aware) both home and away fans gathering on the terrace either side of the players tunnel. Across the pitch the West Stand appears identical in size and shape on the upper tier seating deck, however there are no executive boxes at mid-level and the terrace in the lower tier is smaller to accommodate wheelchair spaces at pitch level along its full length. Unusually,despite the height of both the East and West Stands the ground still retains four corner floodlights. Thomond Park is in fact no stranger to hosting football games, as the recent signed shirts of Manchester City and Sunderland will testify in Munster's Museum, located in the East Stand. The record books show Limerick FC also played Manchester City here in a pre-season friendly in 1991, a game which featured current West Ham manager Sam Allardyce playing one of his 23 player/manager appearances for the home team. 

For the record,the opening 2013 league fixture at Thomond Park attracted a crowd of 3,768 for the visit of Cork City. This rather highlights an issue with the ground-sharing arrangement, clearly Limerick FC playing in the League Of Ireland Premier Division are capable of attracting the size of crowd which cannot possibly be accommodated at either of any their available former grounds; Hogan Park or Jackman Park, yet the crowd size will still not be sufficient enough to generate any kind of noise or atmosphere when around 80% of Thomond Park is empty. There are possible solutions to this-reducing ticket prices, offering free tickets to the local schools etc but it has to be recognised how far Limerick Football Club have progressed in recent years, in a city extensively dominated by both Rugby and GAA.

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External View

External View Thomond
                    Park

Future Developments
Limerick Football Club are proposing to return to their spiritual home; the Market Field Greyhound Stadium, in the next few years. The stadium site, a 10 minute walk due east of Limerick City Centre is at present boarded up and in a dilapidated state. Architectural plans for the site show a rebuilt ground with no greyhound track. The existing Main Stand and clubhouse building being refurbished with three new stand builds round the new playing surface giving a capacity of 8,100. Not re-instating the greyhound track not only brings the existing Main Stand closer to the action but it also allows more space for a floodlit training ground at the far end. We understand that planning permission has been granted so the build can go ahead however it likely there will be a further one or two seasons at Thomond Park, with a move sometime in 2015 the most likely conclusion.

Visiting Supporters
As far as we are aware visiting fans are accommodated in the East Stand where you have the choice between the Upper Tier Seating deck and the Lower Tier Terrace. The seating offers the best view of the pitch though obviously with a majority of supporters favouring the terrace you may feel you have the entire stand to yourself! The lower tier terrace is deep enough to allow an elevated and unobstructed view of the pitch, and with home and away fans in the same stand you can expect a bit of friendly banter though with the roof line being so far overhead in heavy rain you should expect a soaking!

Looking Towards The South Terrace


  Thomond Park Limerick

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Where To Drink?
There is a bar at the stadium which welcomes away supporters, otherwise Limerick City Centre is a 10-15 minutes walk away where there are plenty of pubs to be found. Just follow Sexton Street North away from the stadium, then along the riverbank walk before crossing the bridge into the City Centre.

East Stand


  East Stand Thomond Park Limerick

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How To Get There And Where To Park
From Dublin:
Follow the M7 south of Nenagh,then exit at Junction 28,turning right onto the R445 to take you into the East suburbs of Limerick. Follow the road into the City Centre. You will then see a river on the right hand side, turn right into Island Road to take you onto Kings Island. At the end of the Junction turn left into Castle Street,passing Limerick Castle on the left hand side as you cross the River Shannon bridge into Old Thomondgate. The stadium is on the right hand side.

From Galway:
Follow the M18 South of Ennis, continue past Shannon Airport Junction 9.Exit onto the R445 into the North suburbs of Limerick. You will pass County Limerick's GAA Stadium on the left. Turn left at the R464 crossroads into Shelbourne Road. You will then be able to see the curving roof of the stadium ahead on you.

From Cork:
Follow the N20 North of Charleville. Join onto the M20 at Junction 5 and head North, then at the N18 / M7 Junction turn left onto the N18.Once you have passed over the River Shannon take the next exit which will lead you into the north suburbs of Limerick. Continue straight on at the R527 roundabout and R445 crossroads. You will then see the curved roof of the stadium direct ahead of you.

Car Parking
Parking is available at the nearby Limerick Institute Of Technology Campus on Cratloe Road. Please note that parking restrictions are in force in streets surrounding the stadium.

Map showing the location of the Thomond Park Stadium
(at the bottom of this page).

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West Stand

West Stand
                    Thomond Park

By Train
Limerick Station is situated just under two miles away from Thomond Stadium. Most trains from Dublin and Cork call at Limerick Junction which is around ten miles to the East of Limerick. From here you will need to change trains to take a local service into Limerick. Having arrived at Limerick Colbert it will take you around 20-30 minutes to walk through the city centre and over the river bridges to Thomond Park (P.S Limerick's old ground of Jackman Park is next to the Bus Eireann coach station to the left hand side as the train approaches the platform).

There are a number of different ways to get to Thomond Park from Limerick City Centre. The route we are describing may not be the quickest route but it is the most straightforward. When you come out of the Railway Station concourse turn left and take the first right turn into Mallow Street, which will take you around the edge of the City Centre. After 5 minutes walk you will come to the Shannon Bridge Roundabout. Turn right into the Bishops Quay and follow the road along the riverbank, you will then come to the Sarsfield river bridge which has a house perched on an island. Turn left and cross over the bridge, you will see Limerick Castle in the distance to the right. Keep following this road, the R445 as it bends to the left and becomes Ennis Road. After 5 minutes you will come to a crossroads, turn right into the R454 Shelbourne Road.(If you end up passing County Limerick's Gaelic Ground Stadium you have gone too far and need to turn around). Walking along Shelbourne Road you should be able to see the curving white roofs of Thomond Park ahead of you. Keep following the road for 5 more minutes and the stadium will emerge on the left hand side, with the East Stand main entrance directly across the road.

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North Terrace

North Terrace Thomond
                    Park

By Bus
Bus Eireann operate a number of Expressway Services from the main Dublin coach terminal of Busaras to the South West of the Irish Republic with similar routes taken by the Irish Rail networkfrom Dublin Heuston.Service 12 Dublin Busaras-Portlaoise-Roscrea-Limerick has the advantage of not having to change at Limerick Junction.

For those travelling from the Mid-West of the Irish Republic Service 051 travels from Galway to Cork
via Ennis, Shannon Airport, Limerick & Mallow.Service X51 is quicker, travelling direct from Galway to Limerick.

For those travelling from County Kerry Service 13 takes the far more direct route than the train, travelling from Tralee into Limerick via Adare. There is also Service 14 which starts at Killarney and travels to Kerry Airport before picking up a similar route as Service 13 into Limerick.

For those travelling from the South-East of the Irish Republic Service 55 follows a similar route as the
train, starting at Waterford and calls at Tipperary and Limerick Junction Railway Station before terminating at Limerick.

All the above services arrive at Limerick Coach station, which is neatly positioned between Limerick FC's former ground of Jackman Park and Limerick Colbert Railway Station. From here it will take you around 20-30 minutes to walk through the city centre and over the river bridges to Thomond Park Stadium.
See walking directions By Train above.

South Terrace

South Terrace Thomond
                    Park

Admission Prices

Seating
Adults
15
Concessions 10
Under 12's 5*

Terrace
Adults 12
Concessions 10
Under 12's 5*

* Must be accompanied by an adult (Max three Under 12's per one adult)

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Programme Price
Official Programme 4

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Local Rivals
Cork City

Ground Layout

Thomond Park Limerick
                    Stadium Plan
Fixtures
League Of Ireland Premier League Fixtures (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record And Average Attendance

Record Attendance:
At Thomond Park
3,768 v Cork City, March 2013 (League of Ireland Premier Division)    

Average Attendance:
2013: 1,571

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Hotel Accommodation
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Map Showing The Location Of Thomond Park In Limerick



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13 May 2014