GAA say they've no current plans to redevelop Cusack Stand despite reports

January 23, 2021

A view of the Cusack Stand. ©INPHO/Donall Farmer.

The GAA has moved to clarify reports surrounding plans to redevelop the Cusack Stand at Croke Park.

The Association reportedly had a loan application of €35 million approved in principle with the European Investment Bank (EIB), which would help cover the cost of upgrading and expanding conference facilities in the stand.

However, the GAA released a statement yesterday saying the EIB loan had been approved but any plans to refurbish the Cusack Stand remain suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"In 2019 the stadium team explored the need to upgrade a stand that was opened in 1994 and part of that exercise was to establish possible funding streams for any such project,” the statement reads.

"A long-standing application to the European Investment Bank concluded successfully last week and was subsequently reported in the media but these reports failed to indicate that the GAA had in fact already suspended any such plans at the outset of the pandemic.

"The GAA’s sole focus and energy lies in getting our games back up and running when it is safe to do so and securing the future financial viability of the Association at every level as we continue to work through the pandemic."

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