Munster calls early end to stadium naming-rights deal

Irish Pro14 rugby union club Munster has mutually agreed to end its stadium naming-rights partnership with Independent News & Media.

As a result, the 8,000-seat Irish Independent Park will revert to its former name of Musgrave Park with immediate effect.

Independent News & Media owns the Irish Independent newspaper, which took on naming rights to the stadium as part of its deal with the club. Munster’s 10-year deal with the group began in 2015 and had been due to run until 2025, but the agreement has been brought to an end five years early.

Munster Rugby’s head of commercial and marketing, Dave Kavanagh, said: “We are very appreciative of Independent News & Media’s support and commitment over the last number of years in what has been a very successful partnership and naming-rights sponsorship for the province.

“The successful redevelopment of the ground is directly attributed to the naming partnership with INM and for this we now have superb facilities in place with a venue that is widely used by the community, hosts international events and concerts, and is central to rugby development in the region.”

Munster plays the majority of its games at Thomond Park, with Musgrave Park serving as the club’s secondary home.

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