FitzGerald Stadium

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FitzGerald Stadium

FitzGerald Stadium
Staidiam Mhic Gearailt

Location

Area: Killarney
County: Kerry
Country: Republic of Ireland

Facility Statistics

Broke Ground: 1930
Opened 1936
Renovated 1970
Surface : Grass
Owner: Kerry GAA
Original Construction Cost: £3,000
Reconstruction Cost: €450,000
Architect: Michael Reidy

Seating Capacity

Capacity: 39,120

Dimensions

Dimensions:

FitzGerald Stadium (Staidiam Mhic Gearailt in Gaelic) is the principal Gaelic Athletic Association stadium in Killarney, Ireland, and is the home venue for the Kerry senior football team.

Named after one of the first great players of the Gaelic Athletic Association, Dick FitzGerald, FitzGerald Stadium was officially opened on May 31, 1936 by Dr. O’Brien the then Bishop of Kerry and J.M Harty Archbishop of Cashel. The attendance at its first match was at least 20,000 but this is refuted to have been 28,000. Within 1 year the new Killarney stadium was to hold its first All-Ireland Hurling Final between Tipperary and Kilkenny.

Further developments took place at the Stadium in the 1970’s with the erection of the Dr. O’Sullivan stand and a pavilion. All of this raised the capacity to 39,120. This Stadium is regarded as one of the finest outside of Croke Park, situated under the gaze of the picturesque Kerry mountains.

The Stadium Committee has plans to redevelop both ends of the ground to the standard of the Michael O’Connor Terrace incorporating new dressing rooms and covered areas, to eventually increase the capacity of the ground to 50,000.

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