Gaelic Park

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Gaelic Park
Páirc na nGael
Gaelic Park is located in New York City
Gaelic Park
Gaelic Park
Location within New York City
Former namesInnisfail Park
Location Riverdale, Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
Coordinates 40°53′15″N 73°54′5″W / 40.88750°N 73.90139°W / 40.88750; -73.90139
Latitude and Longitude:

40°53′15″N 73°54′5″W / 40.88750°N 73.90139°W / 40.88750; -73.90139
Public transit 238th Street (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line)
Owner Manhattan College
Operator New York GAA
Capacity2,000 [1]
Surface FieldTurf
ScoreboardYes
Construction
Built1926
Renovated2007 [2]
Construction cost $3 million [3]
Project managerMichael Antonaccio [4]
Tenants
New York GAA (1926–present)
Manhattan SC ( USL2) (2019–present)
Manhattan Jaspers (soccer, men's lacrosse, softball) [4]

Gaelic Park ( Irish: Páirc na nGael [5]) is a multi-purpose outdoor athletics facility, located at West 240th Street and Broadway in Riverdale, Bronx, in New York City in the U.S. state of New York. [1] Since 1926 the grounds has been used as the venue for Gaelic games in New York, and since its purchase by Manhattan College in 1991 it has hosted numerous American college athletic events.

Located just west of Broadway and south and west of Van Cortlandt Park in the northernmost part of the Bronx just south of the city border with Westchester County, Gaelic Park was purchased in 1926 by the Gaelic Athletic Association of Greater New York. It has been given a few different names over time including Innisfail Park, but since the 1950s it has gone by its current name, Gaelic Park, a reflection of the park's decidedly Irish flavor. The park includes a playing field and dance hall. In addition to hurling and football matches, a number of other sporting events take place at Gaelic Park. There are also concerts and dances that feature Irish music both old and new.

History

Gaelic Park was bought by the Gaelic Athletic Association of Greater New York (GAA) in 1926. It started off as a very rough pitch that served as a social center for the many Irish immigrants to The Bronx. With the absence of film centers and other entertainment complexes, hurling at the park was the main entertainment.

The GAA ran the park for about 10 years until it was forced into bankruptcy, after which the city took over the land. The property was then leased again in 1941 to John "Kerry" O’Donnell, who with the help of his family and friends ran the park, dance hall, and tavern. For several years, it was called "Croke Park" after the main GAA stadium in Dublin.

The park was taken over by Manhattan College in 1991. The college has kept up the traditions of Gaelic Park, as well as doing some significant renovations, and now also uses it for home games of lacrosse, rugby, soccer, and softball.

In early 2007, a $3 million renovation of Gaelic Park began. FieldTurf was laid out to replace the natural pitch, which made it more durable for both American and Gaelic sports. In addition, facilities for softball were improved, and the installation of stadium lighting made night games possible. [2]

In April 2019, the banquet hall of Gaelic Park was torn down and replaced with support from the GAA, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, and other donations and sponsors. [6]

Rugby

Date Teams Match Type Attendance Notes
June 16, 1982   England 41-0 United States Eastern RFU 1982 England N. American Tour -

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Gaelic Park - Manhattan College". gonyuathletics.com.
  2. ^ a b "GAELIC PARK RENOVATIONS COMPLETE". Manhattan College Athletics.
  3. ^ Hollander, Sophia (April 10, 2009). "A Bit of Ireland in the Bronx, but Slowly Fading Away" – via NYTimes.com.
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2010-05-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title ( link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-26. Retrieved 2012-04-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title ( link)
  6. ^ "Gaelic Park demolition gobsmacks neighbors". The Riverdale Press. Retrieved 2020-02-18.

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