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A new seated stand is in place at the Sportsground for Connacht's upcoming season

The structure will see the ground’s capacity increase to 8,100.

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CONNACHT RUGBY HAS confirmed that there will be a new stand in place for the coming season at the Sportsground.

The seated and covered structure will be located at the side of the main stand and increases the Galway venue’s capacity by 300 to 8,100.

Tickets for the new stand are on sale ahead of the reigning champions’ season opener against Glasgow on Saturday (5.15pm).

The additional 300 seats will offer some relief to Connacht Rugby chiefs who are already weighing up their options as they struggle to deal with the demand for tickets in the province.

Earlier this year Connacht CEO Willie Ruane outlined plans to build a 10,000-seater stadium for the province over the next four years.

News of the additional seats also comes only days after it emerged that the province is considering the possibility of sharing Eamonn Deacy Park with SSE Airtricity League Premier Division side Galway United, should the stadium be redeveloped.

The capacity of Eamonn Deacy Park, which is owned by the Galway FA, would increase from 8,000 to 12,000 should the work go ahead.

The Sportsground is owned by The Galway Agricultural and Sports Trust, who lease the venue to Connacht, through the IRFU, and to the Irish Greyhound Board.

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