Naming rights deal for Ravenhill

Published Thursday, 05 June 2014
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Ravenhill has been renamed as Kingspan Stadium.

Naming rights deal for Ravenhill
The new-look Ravenhill welcomed 18,000 spectators for the Heineken Cup clash. (© Presseye)

It comes after Ulster Rugby announced a 10-year deal with the building company for the naming rights to the Belfast venue, which recently reopened after a multi-million pound revamp.

Welcoming the move, Ulster Chief Executive Shane Logan on Thursday said: "We are delighted to have extended our partnership with Kingspan, one of Ulster's most successful international companies, and to have secured a stadium naming rights partner for the first time."

Kingspan, which is based in Co Cavan, has been a sponsor of Ulster Rugby since 1999.

The company said the deal will benefit not just Mark Anscombe's first team, but will boost the sport of rugby at all levels in Northern Ireland.

Pat Freeman from Kingspan said: "We have been a partner of Ulster Rugby for 15 years and have witnessed the tremendous growth of rugby in the province. We have also had extensive input into the redevelopment of the stadium through our high performance technologies.

"We are delighted to significantly extend our already strong association with Ulster Rugby by putting our name to such a wonderful sporting venue and are proud that the home of Ulster Rugby will be now known as Kingspan Stadium."

© UTV News
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4 Comments
Larry in Belfast wrote (103 days ago):
I know quite a few married women with new names, who are still known and called by friends by their maiden names. Change the name to whatever, it will always be known by its 'maiden' name Ravenhill. Others keep your bigoted comments to yourselves and leave rugby alone.
The Street in Lisburn wrote (106 days ago):
Did anyone ask the ticket holders at Ravenhill if they wanted the name changed. Or is this another David Humpries decision. This is not an Ulster company Shane,it is not based in the 6 countries.
Martin mckenna in Armagh wrote (107 days ago):
Great to see an ulster company invest so much money in the ulster rugby headquarters,now it's time to ban the NI flags from games,after all ulster is made up off 9 counties not 6.
Disgusted in Belfast wrote (107 days ago):
How much have we sold our soul for??
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