- Pearse Stadium
Infobox GAA ground
English name=Pearse Stadium
Irish name=Páirc an Phiarsaigh
Country =Republic of Ireland
Broke Ground =| Opened =1957
county =Galway GAA
Reconstruction cost =
Architect name =
Pearse Stadium ( _ga. Páirc an Phiarsaigh) is the principal
Gaelic Athletic Associationstadium in County Galway, Ireland. The stadium opened on June 16, 1957as 16,000 people came to watch Galway GAAbeat Tipperary GAAin hurling, and Kerry GAAin football, and to watch Bishop Michael Browne bless the facility. The stadium was opened by GAA President, Séamus McFerran. Among those invited were the 12 surviving members of the 1923 all-Ireland winning hurling team.
The area on which the £34,000 stadium was built was known locally as The Boggers. The 17 acre site was offered to the
Gaelic Athletic Associationby the town secretary Sean Gillan, and terms of purchase were negotiated. Much of the land was very wet and boggy. They were deepening the Corribat the time, so the infill from the river was used to fill in parts of the pitch and give it an elevated sideline.
Pearse Stadium has hosted many great games and spectacles since, but it fell into disuse in the early nineties. The Stadium was renovated in 2002 and reopened in May 2003 with a capacity of 34,000. Since the major redevelopment of the ground, it has regularly hosted the
Connacht Senior Football Championshipfinal in recent years.
In recent years it has also hosted a number of concerts including Italian tenor
Andrea Bocelli, and Bryan Adamsand Bob Dylan. And in 2006 the International Series versus Australia was played in Pearse Stadium which was the first time it took place outside GAAHeadquarters Croke Park.
List of GAA Stadiums by Capacity
Stadiums of Ireland
* [http://www.pearsestadium.ie Pearse Stadium]
* [http://www.360-viewing.com/PearseStadium/Tourviewer_pearse.asp Virtual Tour] Virtual Tour of Pearse Stadium from centre of the pitch.
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