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Drogheda United consider following Dundalk in converting to astroturf following coronavirus shutdown

Tue, Apr 07 2020

Drogheda United players and fans celebrate during last season's promotion play-off at United Park. Credit: Clare McCahill (ETPhotos)

Drogheda United will explore the possibility of converting United Park to an artificial surface facility in the wake of the coronavirus shutdown and its economic impact.

The Louth club may follow neighbours Dundalk in switching to astroturf, the Lilywhites having converted Oriel Park to artificial grass in 2005.

Like all clubs in the League of Ireland, the curtailing of regular income has forced the Boynesiders to explore creative solutions to keep going.

The club were the first to temporarily suspend all payments to playing staff and management in light of the shutdown, which is expected to last until at least June 19th.

“Drogheda United would like to inform our supporters that we are actively considering the possibility of installing an Astro Turf into United Park,” read a club statement.

“Given the economic downturn that is expected in the wake of COVID-19 […] we need to plan other medium-term solutions.

“We welcome input from supporters regarding an astro turf and other infrastructure upgrades to United Park.”

Artificial turf is becoming more popular in Ireland in recent times, with the renovated Ryan McBride Brandywell in Derry and the proposed Dalymount Park redevelopment following suit.