|Owner||Irish Rugby Football Union|
|Capacity||26,500 (from 2008)|
Thomond Park is a stadium in Limerick, Ireland. Limerick (pronounced /ˈlɪmrɪk/ Luimneach in Irish) is a city and the county seat of County Limerick in the Province of Munster The Irish Rugby Football Union ( IRFU) (Cumann Rugbaí na hÉireann is the body managing Rugby union in Ireland. Munster Rugby (more commonly known as Munster) is an Irish professional Rugby union team based in Munster, that competes in the Magners Limerick (pronounced /ˈlɪmrɪk/ Luimneach in Irish) is a city and the county seat of County Limerick in the Province of Munster Ireland ( Irish: Éire, ˈeːrʲə is a country in north-western Europe. It is the home of Shannon RFC, UL Bohemian RFC and Munster Rugby. Shannon Rugby Football Club is an Amateur Rugby union team from Ireland, they hail from Limerick near the banks of the Shannon river UL Bohemian is an AIL Division 1 rugby club based in Thomond Park Limerick. Munster Rugby (more commonly known as Munster) is an Irish professional Rugby union team based in Munster, that competes in the Magners The stadium holds a special place in rugby due to its own unique history and atmosphere. It is at Thomond park that Munster celebrated their legendary 12-0 victory over the All Blacks in 1978. The All Blacks are New Zealand's national team in Rugby union, the country's National sport.
The Stadium is famed for its noise during play and the complete silence while home and away players are kicking for goal. It is also very intimidating for visiting teams, as Munster had never been beaten at home during the Heineken Cup since it was first played in 1995. This changed however when Leicester Tigers defeated them in a Heineken Cup match in the group stages on the 20th of January, 2007 with a score of 13-6. Thomond Park has a capacity of about 12,500, with ongoing developments set to raise this to 26,500.
As it presently stands Thomond Park consists of two pitches, the main pitch and a training pitch. The main pitch is bounded on all sides by terracing with a stand located above the west terrace. The training pitch is located behind the west stand with the Shannon R.F.C. pavilion located in the southwest corner of the ground. Shannon Rugby Football Club is an Amateur Rugby union team from Ireland, they hail from Limerick near the banks of the Shannon river The UL Bohemian R.F.C. pavilion is located within the west stand. UL Bohemian is an AIL Division 1 rugby club based in Thomond Park Limerick. Traditionally, the terracing and four sides of the pitch have had local nicknames, however they seem to have increasingly fallen out of local parlance after the redevelopment of the ground in 1998.
Most famous of these is the east terrace which is known amongst fans as the "Popular side", this sits opposite the "Stand side", joining the "City End" (South Terrace) with the "Ballynanty End" (North Terrace). Ballynanty, or Ballynanty Beg, ( Baile Uí Neachtain in Irish) is one of the older neighbourhoods on the north side of Limerick City in the The "Popular side" has gained notoriety in local rugby folklore for the colourful comments that can be heard emanating from local wags and alicadoos in the direction of the pitch, occasionally drawing reaction from players and officials, to the amusement of other attendants.
The highest official attendance in Thomond Park came in 1992 when a local derby in the All-Ireland League between clubs Shannon RFC and Garryowen FC saw 18,000 people cram into the old ground. Shannon Rugby Football Club is an Amateur Rugby union team from Ireland, they hail from Limerick near the banks of the Shannon river Garryowen Football Club', usually referred to as Garryowen, is a Rugby union club in Limerick, Republic of Ireland, founded in 1884 It has been alleged that unofficial attendances for Heineken Cup home games involving Munster have been higher than this. The European Rugby Cup (known as the Heineken Cup because of the tournament's sponsorship by Heineken) is an annual Rugby union competition involving leading There is also a tongue-in-cheek suggestion that 100,000 attended the historic defeat of the All Blacks in 1978, a nod to the mythical status the game has ascended to in local folklore. The All Blacks are New Zealand's national team in Rugby union, the country's National sport.
In 1998 and 1999 following the introduction of the professional era the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) spent several million pounds on floodlighting, terracing, toilets, medical facilities and a new pitch for the ground. The Irish Rugby Football Union ( IRFU) (Cumann Rugbaí na hÉireann is the body managing Rugby union in Ireland. In January 2006, the Munster Branch of the IRFU made offers to buy some adjacent houses for future expansion of the stadium. In March 2006 the IRFU and Munster Rugby announced that Thomond Park was unanimously selected for the site of the branch's new stadium. On 27 May 2006 Munster Rugby unveiled the design for the re-development of the rugby stadium at Thomond Park with work due to start in early 2007. Completion is anticipated in 18 months, for a scheduled re-opening in Autumn, 2008.
The principal elements of the project will see the erection of two new stands adjacent to the existing main pitch, offering a seating capacity for 15,100 and terrace capacity of 10,530, or 25,630 in all. 
Thomond Park may be renamed in a sponsorship deal, following its redevelopment. 
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