Longford GAA to consider possibility of building new stadium

Longford GAA to consider possibility of building new stadium

Longford GAA is to consider the merits of building a new stadium on a greenfield site as it continues to weigh up its options in tackling structural problems at Pearse Park.

At last night’s monthly meeting of the County Board, delegates heard it will cost in the region of €7 million to rebuild the stands on the south and west sides of the stadium, which are currently out of bounds after subsidence issues were discovered last year.

However, the possibility of abandoning the current county grounds in favour of a new location was also raised.

“It was brought up at the County Board meeting last night,” Longford GAA Secretary Peter O’Reilly told the Longford Leader. “The purpose was to explore the cost-effectiveness of building a new grounds with training facilities on a new site, versus rebuilding Pearse Park.

“Both ideas will have to be considered by the board,” he continued, before adding: “It will cost around €6.8 million or €7 million to rebuild the stands and you’re looking at something like €15 million for a new stadium with training facilities.”

The County Secretary concluded by saying, “There’s a long way to go [in the decision-making process] yet.”