Waterford will be looking for a new venue for their Allianz National Hurling League games this spring with the county board confirming that redevelopment works at Walsh Park will rule the county ground out of use until the summer.
The details were confirmed in a short statement by the county board on Monday evening, outlining discussions ongoing between Croke Park and Munster Council to facilitate alternative venues for upcoming league and Munster championship games.
“Waterford GAA are delighted to announce that the Phase 1 Redevelopment of Walsh Park has commenced. Following extensive discussions with the contractors and in order to meet the strict requirements of the six-month work programme, Walsh Park will not be available to host the scheduled inter-county games.”
“Waterford GAA are currently in negotiations with Croke Park and the Munster Council regarding alternative venues for the Allianz Hurling League and Munster Championship games and the details will be advised in due course. It is the intention that Walsh Park will be available to host Waterford GAA Club Championship games from July.”
While the county’s footballers typically play at Fraher Field in Dungarvan, it is one venue believed to be under consideration though a neutral venue may also have to be used.
Waterford were due to host Derek Lyng’s Kilkenny in the final round-robin game of the National Hurling League on Sunday 19 March at 1.45pm. Davy Fitzgerald’s side were also due home games against Dublin on 5 February and Antrim on 26 February.
The Cats met Waterford at the same stage of the competition last year, running out 2-21 to 0-21 winners at UPMC Nowlan Park.