THE support of the Tralee business community towards the redevelopment of Austin Stack Park has reaped rich dividends with the confirmation that both this year’s All Ireland Finalists, Dublin and Mayo, will play their 2017 Allianz Football League matches in Austin Stack Park.
The new development and state of the art floodlighting is the key factor behind both fixtures being allocated the primary Saturday night slots – Mayo on February 11th (7pm) and the Dubs on March 18th (7pm) – the latter setting up a bumper St Patrick’s weekend for Tralee. It’s guaranteed to result in football fans staying overnight in the town for the games.
The President of Tralee Chamber Alliance, John Drummey, said: “We hugely welcome this very positive news which will bring a strong off-season boost to Tralee. We need to work together to attract as many Dublin and Mayo supporters as possible to book accommodation, dine in our restaurants and enjoy a warm welcome in Tralee’s many pubs.”
The Austin Stack Park Redevelopment Finance Committee were instrumental in securing the fixtures, demonstrating how collaboration between business (represented by Tralee Chamber Alliance) and the GAA can work for everyone’s benefit.
The Committee, comprised of Liam Lynch, John Drummey (President TCA) and Aidan O’Connor representing the town and Tony O’Keeffe, John Joe Carroll and Eamonn O’Sullivan from the GAA launched an innovative ticket scheme in 2015, which raised €250,000 in two days – almost exclusively from Tralee businesses, including the Tralee Hotel Alliance.
The redevelopment of Austin Stack Park, which will eventually cost almost one million euro, has already shown that it is a significant positive for the local economy and will continue to do so long into the future with many similar fixtures on the cards.