Páirc Uí Nualláin UPMC
|Location||O'Loughlin Road, Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, R95 WN66, Ireland|
|Public transit||Kilkenny railway station|
|Capacity||27,000 (18,000 seated)|
|Field size||145 x 88 m|
UPMC Nowlan Park (Páirc Uí Nualláin UPMC) is the principal Gaelic Athletic Association stadium in Kilkenny, Ireland.Named after James Nowlan (the longest serving President of the GAA), the stadium hosts major hurling matches and is home to the Kilkenny hurling team. It opened in 1927 replacing St. James Park.
The stadium consists of the following stands:
The target capacity under the Kilkenny GAA 2010-15 plan was 30,000.A large portion of the Old Stand's roof was blown off during a violent storm on 12 February 2014. The rest was removed for health and safety reasons.
History was made at Nowlan Park on 7 June 2014 when Kilkenny versus Offaly was broadcast on Sky Sports, the first time a Championship fixture of any kind was broadcast live to a UK-wide audience.British viewers were reported to have been "amazed and confused [...] bemused but impressed [...] amused and confounded" after catching a glimpse of the teatime action.
Nowlan Park also serves as a concert venue, with festivals featuring world-famous performers such as Andrea Bocelli, Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Bryan Ferry, James Taylor, Shania Twain, Dolly Parton, and in July 2013 it played host to the European tour finale of Bruce Springsteen.Nowlan Park was included in Ireland's bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Nowlan Park was used as a drive-through test centre.
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