The History of Pairc Na Ríocht
I ndiaidh a chéile a thógtar na caisleáin.
A kingdom wasn't built in a day. (Ancient Irish sating)
The first ideas for the stadium began back in the mid 80s when I received my first Subbuteo set for Christmas. Back then i was content to lay the pitch on the carpet and put cardboard boxes and styrofoam packaging around it to serve as "stands". I didn't have any spectators, but I did have a ridiculously large collection of Matchbox cars shich I placed on top of the said boxes. After a while these stadium plans were binned (literally) and didn't resurface until over 20 years later.
Back in 2007 I decided to renew my interest in Subbuteo. Having never been able to find willing opponents, I figured I'd rather devote my time to building a model stadium than trying in vain to convince others to play against me. To begin my stadium, I started out with just six Zeugo stands and four floodlights. Ironically, my first plan was to build a soccer stadium, but since I didn't think I was going to be playing it anyway I decided to give myself the added challenge of makeing a GAA stadium.
The Original Pairc Na Ríocht
Once I decided to build a Gaelic football stadium, I knew it would take more than the standard six stands long and four wide required for a soccer pitch. Using the 1:100 scale (which I believe is the standard used in Subbuteo soccer pitches), I needed seven stands in length and five in width. Just for fun, I chose to name each of the stands.
To begin the redevelopment of the stadium, I expanded the stand on one side of the pitch to seven blocks and christened it the Eleanor Stand, after my grandmother who funded much of the construction work and who had, in the past, also funded several teams. (Indeed, she recently funded the purchase of a marching band for the stadium!) In May 2007, I began adding on corner units for the Eleanor Stand. This was completed by early June 2007.
Replacing the original styrofoam "terrace" at the end of the park, the newly named O'Riordan End consists of five blocks of stands. The stand was completed by the end of June 2007
This Gertrude stand runs along the side of the pitch opposite the Eleanor Stand. It is equal in length to the Eleanor Stand. Work on this stand was completed in July 2007 along with a corner unit joining it to the O'Riordan End.
This was the last section of the stadium to be built. By this stage I had also purchased four more floodlights. It's completion in August 2007 marked the end of the first stage of the redevelopment of Pairc na Ríocht.