With work now underway on the redevelopment of Musgrave Park, Munster Rugby has issued an update on what fans and players alike can look forward to come completion of the project in December 2014.
Having put the project out to tender, Munster Rugby recently appointed BAM as the main contractor and while some work has commenced on the €3.2m redevelopment, the main work will begin following the Il Divo concert on Saturday, June 21.
To date, the remaining ends of the West Terrace and pitchside wall have been removed.
As seen in the above artist's impression, the feature piece of the project will be the construction of a new West Stand. Running from floodlight to floodlight, the stand will be 100 metres long with a capacity of 3,500, increasing the overall match capacity of the stadium to 9,500.
Munster and visiting teams will move from their respective Dolphin and Sunday's Well end changing rooms to new changing facilities within the stand.
In keeping with all modern stadia, the new West Stand will also incorporate a medical room, media room, meeting rooms, commentary and media seating, as well as a large function room for pre and post-match receptions.
With fans in mind, all seating has been designed to ensure to the best possible view, no matter the location, while a disabled viewing platform will be located toward the middle rows of the stand.
Toilet, catering and shop facilities will now be available within the structure, with the aforementioned function room available for private and corporate functions on non-match days.
Across the pitch, the East Terrace is to be fully covered thanks to the kind support of the Munster Rugby Supporters Club, while a new pitch perimeter fence replaces the wall, maximising spectator views and ensuring player safety.
Pictured below is an artist's impression of the new West Stand from the Sunday's Well entrance.
Leinster Rugby have this morning introduced their coaching team for the season ahead in the Tallaght Stadium, the venue for their upcoming Bank of Ireland pre-season friendly against Ulster on Saturday, 30th August.
Speaking during Connacht's training trip to Ballinrobe RFC, captain John Muldoon said: "It's great to see the jerseys and the people coming out to support us today. Long may it continue because we're not a Galway team, we're a Connacht team and that's what we want to push and that's why we come out on these days out."
Young hooker David Heffernan, who extended his current deal with Connacht in April, enjoyed a trip back to his native Mayo as Pat Lam's men held an open training session at Ballinrobe RFC earlier this week.
Rob Murphy caught up with Connacht head coach Pat Lam after their bonus point win at home to Benetton Treviso. The westerners have been in resurgent form of late, picking up three straight league victories and 14 points from a possible 15.
Connacht head coach Pat Lam was left to rue turnovers and poor defence after they went down 19-12 to Glasgow Warriors in the RaboDirect PRO12. He said the November international break 'couldn't come at a better time for us' as they look to come back 'refreshed' and with more players back fit from injury lay-offs.
Speaking to LTV, Leinster back rower Kevin McLaughlin reflects on the draw with the Ospreys last weekend and says that with a number of players returning to action, the province are looking to 'really up our performances and get some big results' in the coming weeks.
Gordon D'Arcy says he felt 'sharp and fresh' during Leinster's opening RaboDirect PRO12 win over the Scarlets. He also told LTV that there is always room for improvement as the province gear up to host the Ospreys this weekend.
Leinster ran in three tries in the closing stages of their RaboDirect PRO12 opener to seal a bonus point and an impressive 42-19 defeat of the Scarlets. Their new head coach Matt O'Connor spoke to LTV about the game, the impact of new signing Jimmy Gopperth and how the new scrums are working out.
Rob Murphy spoke to Connacht head coach Pat Lam who took a number of positives from their 25-16 RaboDirect PRO12 victory over Zebre, but he admitted they 'still have a bit to work on' ahead of this week's trip to the Cardiff Blues.
Irish Rugby TV spoke to former Ireland flanker Simon Easterby at the RaboDirect PRO12 launch in Belfast, as the Scarlets head coach prepares his squad to host defending champions Leinster in next Friday's opener.