Thursday, March 27 17:00:24
It was announced today that Musgrave Park, the Cork home to Munster Rugby, is to be renamed Irish Independent Park, in a naming rights agreement with Independent News and Media.
The partnership agreement which will come into effect next season is for a period of ten years.
The naming rights sponsorship agreement will assist in creating permanency for Munster Rugby in Ireland's second largest city, including assisting with the re-development of the grounds. As part of the naming rights agreement Independent News and Media will have total and exclusive ground naming rights. It will have extensive branding at the ground's entrance, on directional signage and in match day programmes.
"Munster Rugby is delighted that Independent News & Media have committed to such a significant, long term partnership," said Garrett Fitzgerald, CEO, Munster Rugby. "The naming of Irish Independent Park allows Munster Rugby to progress on our redevelopment of the grounds and commit to our rugby future here. Cork is a vital element of Munster Rugby's success and we are happy that Irish Independent Park will be central to rugby development in the region."
"Independent News and Media is delighted to confirm this new agreement with Munster Rugby and the renaming of Musgrave Park to Irish Independent Park," said Leslie Buckley, Chairman, Independent News and Media. "This is hallowed ground for Munster Rugby and particularly for Cork supporters. The Irish Independent has a strong affinity with Munster Rugby, which is underpinned by our weekly rugby pull out exclusively for our Munster readers. We now look forward to positively and successfully building upon that relationship."