Spectators and armchair supporters alike were taken aback by the state of the Páirc Uí Chaoimh pitch during yesterday's Allianz Hurling League clash between Cork and Waterford.
Pockets of sand were visible all over the pitch, leading to the sliotar becoming stuck in the sand on occasions. The condition of the pitch was all the more surprising considering that over €80 million was spend on redeveloping Cork HQ and that it hadn't hosted a game since the Rebels' opening round victory over Kilkenny on January 27.
The stadium also staged the Allianz Football League encounter between Cork and Cavan yesterday.
Páirc Uí Chaoimh - bring the bucket and spade pic.twitter.com/5nACgNGYlu- Michael Verney (@mlverney) February 25, 2018
@MunsterGAA @officialgaa The pitch in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, was an absolute disgrace yesterday, hurling is supposed to e played on grass, not SAND @corkgaa @WaterfordGAA this what you get for €80 million !!- Eugene Leach (@EugeneLeach) February 26, 2018
Terrible State of pitch at Páirc ui Chaoimh. Nearly as much sand as Tramore or Clonea beaches- Joe O'Brien (@pnamblath) February 25, 2018
Páirc Ui Chaoimh pitch is in a terrible state. There's more sand on it than Youghal beach- Stevie o Donnell (@StevieoDonnell6) February 25, 2018
The pitch at Páirc Uí Chaoimh today looked like Banna Stand, an absolute sand pit, club pitches aren't that bad this time of year, seems they need a solution to the design fault of the main stand stopping sunlight- Diarmuid Kearney (@diarmuidkearney) February 25, 2018
There was some amount of sand castles built down in pairc ui chaoimh 2day @RTEgaa- ronan larkin (@larkinronan) February 25, 2018
There's as much sand on the pitch at Páirc Uí Chaoimh than you'd see on a beach- John Ryan (@John_Ryan1) February 25, 2018
Is there any sand left on the beaches in Cork with all of it on the pitch in Páirc Uí Chaoimh? #AllianzLeagues- Paul McGrath (@paulpmcg) February 25, 2018
The GAA invested how much into Pairc Ui Chaoimh and yet the pitch is an absolute sandpit. You wouldn't see a club field cutting up like that in December #moneywellspent- Richie Power (@power_richie) February 25, 2018