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LIT Gaelic Grounds or LIT Páirc na nGael[3] is the principal GAA stadium in the Irish city of Limerick, home to the Limerick hurling and football teams.

LIT Gaelic Grounds[1]
LIT Páirc na nGael
LocationEnnis Road, Limerick, County Limerick, V94 CF77, Ireland
Coordinates52°40′12.50″N 8°39′15.10″W / 52.6701389°N 8.6541944°W / 52.6701389; -8.6541944Coordinates: 52°40′12.50″N 8°39′15.10″W / 52.6701389°N 8.6541944°W / 52.6701389; -8.6541944
Public transitLimerick Colbert Railway Station
Northtown Shopping Centre Bus Stop
Ennis Road Bus Stop
OwnerLimerick GAA
Capacity49,866[2]
Field size137 x 82 m
Construction
Opened1928
Renovated2004

HistoryEdit

October 9, 1926 saw first steps taken towards creating the Limerick Gaelic Grounds as a GAA stadium of note. A farm containing 12 acres (4.9 ha) was purchased at Coolraine on the Ennis Road for development as a sporting grounds. Two years later the new grounds officially opened with two junior hurling games. The first big effort to raise funds for the development of the grounds was in 1932, with the establishment of a development committee, whose remit was to level the pitch, providing sideline seating and erect a boundary wall. The 1950s saw crowds of up to 50,000 attending games in the grounds. 1958 saw a new stand being built at Páirc na nGael – it was the Old Hogan Stand from Croke Park. A record paid attendance of 61,174 witnessed the Munster hurling final between Cork and Tipperary at the stadium in 1961 and it is estimated that another 10,000 spectators piled in without paying after the gates were broken down.

In 1979, a major decision was taken to update the grounds completely. It took three years before plans were drawn up for a new stand and in 1986, planning permission was granted by Limerick Corporation for the Mick Mackey Stand. The updated stand was completed in 1988, just in time for the Munster hurling final. In 2004, the biggest rejuvenation of the stadium was completed with the opening of a new 12,000 uncovered stand along with two new terraces behind both goals at a cost of €12 million. The current capacity of the Gaelic Grounds is 49,866.[2]

The stadium has also hosted a game in the International Rules Series between Australia and Ireland. The hybrid game was played outside Croke Park for only the second time on Irish soil, with Pearse Stadium in Galway the other previous host. In 2014, the stadium played host to the All Ireland SFC semi-final replay between Mayo and Kerry, the first time in over thirty years a semi final of the SFC has been played outside Croke Park

In 2019, Limerick GAA and Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) entered a major partnership agreement[4], the first of its kind in Ireland, which included the renaming of the stadium as LIT Gaelic Grounds. The partnership includes elements such as a scholarship scheme, student internships and shared facilities.

College footballEdit

LIT Gaelic Grounds has hosted two American college football games, called the Wild Geese Classic. The first Wild Geese Classic was in 1991 between Fordham and Holy Cross for the Ram-Crusader Cup.

Date Winner Score Loser Attendance
November 16, 1991 Holy Cross 24-19 Fordham 12,000
October 9, 1993 UMass 36-14 Rhode Island 5,124

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lit Gaelic Grounds". Limerick GAA LIT Gaelic Grounds. Limerick GAA.
  2. ^ a b "Limerick". Munster GAA. Archived from the original on 23 February 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.limerick.ie/visiting/thingstodo/attractions/sportingvenues/limerickgaapaircnangael
  4. ^ "New dawn for Limerick GAA as LIT Gaelic Grounds name change becomes official". Limerick Leader. Limerick Leader. Retrieved 26 June 2019.

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