On the night that they recorded a €1.08m surplus for an 11-month period in 2021, Wexford GAA have confirmed they will launch an extensive €1.8m upgrade of Chadwicks Wexford Park next year.
The board agreed to ringfence €1 million of their surplus income for 2021 into an infrastructure development fund for the delivery of projects set out in the county's strategic plan.
A key part of that plan is the upgrading of Chadwicks Wexford Park. Proposals for the upgrade will be presented to clubs at the county convention on 13 December for approval, comment and feedback.
The plan, which received planning permission in 2021, includes the installation of floodlights, the extension of dressing rooms and referee facilities, an upgrade to the car parking area and the installation of a pitch irrigation system among other items.
Wexford Chairman Micheál Martin has emphasised that the upgrading of the ground is now a key strategic priority due to likely delays to planned upgrades at their centre of excellence.
Martin said that the emergence of the county-club split season and the earlier start of provincial championships means that floodlights are now a necessity to host games on Saturday evenings.
Such games would boost the economy and hospitality sector, he maintained.
The development will be financed through specific fundraising initiatives, grants and funding from national bodies and, on the back of a very strong financial year, from Wexford GAA's infrastructure development fund.
Martin also feels that the advancement of a full size 4G-floodlit facility is another project of strategic importance, as is the upgrade of St Patrick’s Park, Enniscorthy.
The pre-Covid estimated cost of the four infrastructure projects was €5m. However recent inflation in raw materials and building costs has seen those estimates increase.