Eamonn Deacy Park

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Eamonn Deacy Park
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Eamonn Deacy Park
Former names Terryland Park
Location Dyke Road, Galway, Ireland
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Public transit Galway railway station
Owner Galway Football Association
Capacity 5,000 (3,300 seated)
Field size 102 by 66 metres (335 ft × 217 ft)
Surface Grass
Construction
Opened 1937
Renovated 1993
Expanded 2007
Tenants
Galway United (1977–2011)
Mervue United (2009–2010)
SD Galway (2012)
Galway W.F.C. (2013–)
Galway United (2014–)

Eamonn Deacy Park (formerly Terryland Park) is a multi-purpose stadium in Galway, Ireland. Owned by the Galway & District Football League, it is currently used for association football matches. It was the home ground of Galway United between 1977 and 2011. It is currently home to League of Ireland clubs Galway United F.C. and Women's National League side Galway W.F.C..

History

Eamonn Deacy's grandfather, Dean Flynn, sold this land to the Galway FA in 1950 for £250. The stadium is named after former Aston Villa European Cup winning player Eamonn Deacy, the aforementioned grandson of Dean Flynn.

The stadium has hosted five Republic of Ireland U21 games.[1] and other international underage games. It hosts approximately 90 games over the course of each year.

In both the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Terryland Park was voted as the best surface in the League of Ireland. Eammon Deacy Park again picked up the award for best playing surface in the League of Ireland for the 2015 season.[2]

Redevelopment

The stadium underwent redevelopment in 1993 and as a result Galway United played in Galway Sportsgrounds and Galwegians's Crowley Park for one season.

In 1997, a new stand was constructed on the north side of the ground, with a capacity of 1,700 seats.

In July 2007, a new camera platform was added to the existing stand and floodlights were relocated to accommodate the new platform. All seating in the previous existing stand was replaced as part of those works.

It was to undergo further redevelopment in 2007 after a €500,000 grant was received from the Irish Government in 2006. The money went towards development works, centrepiece of which was the building of a new 1,504-seater stand. The new stand was opened in July 2007, raising the seated capacity to 3,300 and overall capacity 5,000 [3]. Work has continued on the interior of the stand for many years and was completed in 2015. The new development includes medical examination and first-aid rooms, toilets, showers, dressing-rooms, a match delegates' room, officials' dressing-room, a new media and reception room, a canteen with facilities for press conference and TV and radio facilities.

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