Sports Minister Visits Ravenhill Ahead Of Re-Opening

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has visited Ravenhill ahead of the official opening of the re-developed Ulster Rugby stadium on Friday evening.

The development includes three new stands, built at a cost of £16.4million, that will see the capacity of the venue increase from 11,000 to 18,000.

The stadium is to be officially re-opened on Friday when Ulster play host to Leinster in the RaboDirect PRO12 Competition.
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Minister Ní Chuilín said: "I cannot but admire this magnificent stadium and I thank all those who have helped this dream to become a reality. In recent years the Ulster Rugby team have been competing at the highest levels of the game within Europe and it is proper and fitting that they now have a stadium to match. There were many great occasions in the 'old' Ravenhill and I’m sure there’ll be many more to come in the 'new' Ravenhill."

The Minister continued: "The Office Bearers and Shane Logan and his staff at Ulster Rugby have led from the front during the rebuild and they now have a stadium and facilities of which they can be proud. They have dealt with me and my Department with the utmost courtesy and professionalism and they are no doubt looking forward to many great times ahead.

"There has been a great rivalry and some great games between Ulster and Leinster down the years and in many ways it is fitting that are the first teams to take to the pitch in this upgraded stadium, just as they were the first sides to play on it when it opened 90 years ago. I’m sure that Friday night will be prove to be another exciting chapter in the proud history of rugby in Ulster."


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