Dublin City Council has unveiled detailed plans of what Dalymount Park is to be developed into over the coming years.
After an appraisal of the potential development options for the iconic ground in the North Inner City, the Council is to push forward with a 6,000 seater municipal stadium that will be focused on the community as well as the two clubs that will be sharing it as anchor tenants.
The City bought the stadium from Bohemians FC in 2015 and the development has been planned as a continuing legacy of Dublin hosting four games as part of the 2020 European Championship.
The appraisal work was carried out by English company Wrenbridge Sport who have similar experience in projects at York and Brentford Community Stadia.
All of the relevant stakeholders including the two clubs, Bohemian FC, Shelbourne FC, the FAI and community groups were part of the consultation.
The 6,000 seat UEFA Category 3 stadium will include community facilities, including a library, flexible community space and meeting rooms plus concourse space at ground level which will be utilised for community activities and events on non-matchdays.
Plans are also underway to create an interactive museum at the stadium, as part of the redevelopment, though plans as to how extensive this will have yet to be confirmed. One possibility is one dedicated to the full history of soccer in Ireland, akin to the GAA Museum at Croke Park.
“Having attended a presentation on the detailed appraisal for the Dalymount Park Redevelopment, I, like the representatives of Bohemians, Shelbourne, FAI and local councillors who attended am very positive about the project moving forward,” said Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Nial Ring yesterday.
“I have great confidence in Dublin City Council to deliver a municipal stadium that will be a cornerstone to the community of Phibsborough for many years to come.”
“Bohemian Football Club sold Dalymount Park to Dublin City Council in November 2015, a decision which received unanimous support from city councillors and was fully endorsed by the members of the Bohemian Football Club,” said Club Director Daniel Lambert.
“Bohemians was, and remains thankful and grateful to John Delaney and his officials at the FAI, DCC, local current and past TDs and councillors, local residents groups, and the huge support of our members which enabled this sale to take place.”
“Since 2015 we have been part of a new process, which has made steady progress on realising the full redevelopment of Dalymount Park. This has included participation in a steering group with representatives of all the major stakeholders, meetings with local residents groups, and consultations with Wrenbridge Sport.”
“The culmination of this stage of the process has been the release of this feasibility report by Wrenbridge Sport, which was commissioned by DCC.”
“The report identifies option 3A as it’s preferred choice, which the Bohemian Football club is in agreement with and welcomes as it meets all of our key requirements in terms of capacity, facilities, architectural design and also the need to provide community gain to Dublin 7 and beyond. It will receive the full support and backing of the club.”
“This project has been in the pipeline for a long time,” added FAI CEO John Delaney.
“We are delighted to be working with DCC to give north Dublin a stadium worthy of the area.”
“The fact the Bohemians and Shelbourne will be the anchor tenants of the stadium will add to the storied history of Dalymount Park.”
“Phibsborough has hosted some historic matches through the decades, and I’m delighted we will see plenty more matches there for decades to come.”