Come early and use the new park and ride facility - that's the advice from Cork GAA to Kilkenny hurling fans ahead of Saturday's Allianz Hurling League opener at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
The Cats start their Division 1A campaign away to Cork this Saturday (throw-in 7pm). With a large crowd expected to attend - the game will be preceded by the football clash between Cork and Tipperary - supporters are encouraged to allow plenty of time to reach the ground. There will be severe restrictions on parking anywhere near the stadium and vehicular access will be extremely limited. However, there is ample parking available in the city centre with shuttle bus service to Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Spectator access to Pairc Ui Chaoimh for Cork’s opening National League games will be enhanced with the introduction of a new dedicated shuttle bus service which will take fans to within a two minute walk of the grounds.
Bus Éireann will operate the Shuttle Bus Service from Lapps Quay (opposite City Hall, Cork) to Paírc Uí Chaoimh from 4.30pm. Standard City Fare / Leap Card and free travel passes will apply to this shuttle bus service.
A limited shuttle bus service will also operate from Paírc Uí Chaoimh (Monahan Road) after the match to City Hall.
Standard bus service No.202 will also run from Parnell Place/Merchants Quay to Ballintemple, adjacent to Páirc Uí Chaoimh. This service will also run from Mahon to Ballintemple.
Fans travelling from Kilkenny or from East Cork can avail of free parking at Midleton, Little Island, Carrigtwohill and Glounthaune railway stations and can pre-purchase their Rail Tickets from Midleton, Carrigtwohill, Glounthaune or Little Island Stations to Kent Station see www.irishrail.ie or call the Customer Contact Centre on 1850-366222
Turnstiles will open 4pm on Saturday with food and drink kiosks and the restaurant on Premium Level 2 open.
As all spectators will be subject to a bag search supporters are asked not to bring backpacks or large bags
There will be severe restrictions on vehicular access to the stadium and Garda road blocks will be in operation. Limited parking is available on the Marquee site which will be open from 3pm and spaces will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
Other than the Marquee site, parking near the stadium will not be allowed and a tow away policy will operate.
Drivers are advised to park in the city centre and use multi-storey car parks and walk or bus to the stadium.
Q-Park are offering discounted Match Day parking on Saturday. Páirc Uí Caoimh patrons can avail of a 50% discount on 24 hour parking from entry on match day. To avail of this offer visit www.paircuichaoimh.ie and follow the link to q-park.ie
Parking must be booked before midnight prior to the day of the match at the latest. This offer is valid in Q-Park City Hall, Carroll’s Quay and St Finbarr’s.