Roscommon GAA has confirmed that Sunday’s Roscommon v Down Allianz Football League game, which was due to be played in Dr. Hyde Park, has been switched to Glennon Brothers, Pearse Park Longford.
In a statement release a short time ago Chairman of Roscommon GAA Seamus Sweeney said “It was with great regret that Roscommon GAA had to give up home advantage in the Allianz league Division One for the Clash with Down. We found ourselves in the situation, where our County Ground Hyde Park was unplayable and Croke Park and the CCCC refused to allow us to use our secondary County Ground Kiltoom. C.C.C.C would not be happy with Kiltoom as an alternative venue given the expected attendance and the restricted capacity at the ground, we were told.”
“Up until Sunday last the surface condition had improved but due to the weather over the last few days the surface has deteriorated and is now unplayable for Sunday’s game. Accordingly Roscommon GAA had to find alternative venue for the match. We are especially grateful to Longford GAA for making their grounds available.”
“Roscommon GAA intend to redevelop Hyde Park. In this regard our clubs agreed that we install a new playing pitch at Dr Hyde Park. We will close Hyde Park in June and hope to reopen the following summer.
We also intend developing Hyde Park as per our development plan which will see a total reconstruction of the spectator areas and the addition of much required facilities for players, patrons and officials. We will not be able to start that work immediately as there are planning processes to be addressed. We are working very closely with Croke Park and Connacht Council to ensure that we are in a position to do the job as soon as possible.”
He concluded by saying “We look forward to working with our Fundraising and Commercial arm Club Rossie in ensuring that we have the appropriate finance in place. We are indebted to the supporters of Roscommon GAA and all members of Club Rossie for their continued financial support to Roscommon GAA.”
The throw-in time for Sunday’s game remains 2pm. Supporters who become Gold Club Rossie Members by match-day will receive free admission to Roscommon v Down and the games against Mayo and Dublin. Sign up now at www.clubrossie.ie