Bohemian FC has welcomed the inclusion of the redevelopment project in a list of seven stream one projects being funded from the Government’s Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund.
The redevelopment of Dalymount Park into a community Stadium to be shared by Bohemian FC and Shelbourne FC has moved a step closer with the grant of €918,750 towards the next phase of the project.
Dalymount is seen as one of the legacy projects to be created by Ireland’s hosting of this year’s Euro 2020 Finals and is backed by Dublin City Council and the FAI.
While funding towards the FAI’s development of a Munster Centre of Excellence in Glanmire, County Cork was caveated by a waiting period until the FAI returns to good standing, no such additional restriction has been placed on this project, mainly because of the strong local authority and community facilities element.
“Bohemian FC welcomes today’s announcement of funding which facilitates the progression of the Dalymount Park redevelopment to phase two of the project,” said a statement from the club.
“The government grant of €918,750 paves the way to appoint architects, engineers and a design team to work alongside project managers.”
“The redevelopment of Dalymount Park, projected to cost €34.3million, in conjunction with the proposed redevelopment of Phibsborough Shopping Centre, offers a unique opportunity to develop a community-owned sporting and cultural space in the heart of Dublin 7 for generations to come.”
“Bohemian FC look forward to continuing to work closely with all the relevant stakeholders – namely Dublin City Council, local residents and Shelbourne FC – over the coming years to see this project to completion.”
“Dalymount Park has been our home for 119 years but regular sell-out crowds last season and unprecedented season ticket sales and an influx of new members this year show that Bohemian FC has outgrown its current capacity.”
“The stadium’s redevelopment is key to the club’s ability to maximise its potential for growth going forward, while the community facilities envisaged for the project will be of incalculable benefit to the wider north Dublin 7.”
“Bohemian FC wishes to put on record our sincere gratitude for the continued cross-party support of our local representatives, our members and supporters and also that of the local community since Dublin City councillors voted unanimously to purchase the ground in 2015.”
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