The new Cusack Stand is ready for match days as the first phase of the redevelopment of Croke Park is completed

The new Cusack Stand has 24,500 seats, the last of which was put in place today by GAA President Jack Boothman. The cost of the new stand came in at thirty five million pounds.

Demolition of the old Cusack Stand commenced after the All Ireland final in 1993 and construction began in January 1994.

The stand will open for business on Sunday 14 May for the Church and General National Football League Final between Donegal and Derry.

Jack Boothman describes the completion of the project as the culmination of not only his dreams but of a great number of GAA presidents before him. He describes it as "phase one" of a bigger project to overhaul the Croke Park stadium.

Imagine what it's going to be like when we get to the end of the circle. It will be magnificent.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 May 1995. The reporter is Tony O’Donoghue.