Connacht Rugby

Short history

Galway Sportsgrounds is a multi-purpose stadium in Galway. It opened in 1927, with the playing of a soccer match and has been used to host Connacht Rugby matches since that time. It is currently used on a day to day basis, mainly as the base for Connacht Rugby for training and hosting matches at all levels, in addition there are usually two regular Greyhound meetings per week. It is co-leased to Connacht Rugby who use it as their home stadium to play rugby union matches in the RaboDirect Pro12 and Heineken Cup competitions, and to Bord na gCon the Irish Greyhound Board who run Greyhound meetings at the Stadium on a track laid around the perimeter of the main Pitch.



Important events

The 1942 Galway County Hurling Final was held at the venue. It also hosted Galway's first game in European competition in the 1985–86 European Cup Winners' Cup.