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Cork hurlers have been forced to give up home advantage for their Munster SHC quarter-final clash against Tipperary next year as Pairc Ui Chaoimh won’t be ready.
The Rebels were drawn at home to the reigning All-Ireland champions who demolished them at the same stage last year, but will be forced to move the fixture as redevelopment work on the stadium won’t be completed until July next year.
However, while that won’t help the hurlers, there may be a silver lining for the football team at least as, if results go their way, they could face off against old rivals Kerry in the Munster SFC final in the first game at the revamped stadium.
"Our schedule is for July, it's a tight schedule as it is so it would have to be an away fixture or a neutral fixture," Cork GAA chairman Ger Lane explained.
"It's likely this game will be in the month of May so it is out of the question that we would be able to host such a game six weeks in advance of the current deadline to have the stadium completed.
"We have entered into home and away arrangements with a number of counties and Tipperary are one of those. Thurles is still a great venue from a Cork point of view.
"If we travel away to Tipperary it just means we're owed a further game by Tipperary."
As regards the possibility of the Rebels facing off against the Kingdom in the Munster SFC championship in early July, Lane added:
"It has been mentioned before that may well be the game that could open Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
"We certainly can't be complacent playing Waterford or Tipperary. We need to get over Waterford initially, and there's no doubt that Tipperary are now one of the top sides in the country.
"We wouldn't be taking anything for granted."
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