Phase Two of the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena has been given the go ahead by Government at a cost of €24 Million.
The project is expected to get underway in the next few weeks and be completed by the summer of 2019.
The new area, to the right of the existing athletics and Gymnastics zones will comprise covered synthetic pitch facilities, primarily designed for rugby, soccer and Gaelic games.
This phase of the project will include the construction of: indoor pitch for soccer & Gaelic games, which can accommodate a number of sports; a half sized indoor rugby pitch; and ancillary facilities including changing & player rooms, offices and meeting rooms.
There will be some measure of disappointment within cycling and badminton circles that this phase of the National Sports Campus has been green lighted ahead of a proposed velodrome and indoor courts area for which a space on the campus has been earmarked but for which funding has yet to be secured.
“I am delighted to announce the commencement of the next and final phase of the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena,” said Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross yesterday.
“Since Phase One opened earlier this year, the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena has had an extremely positive impact on sport in Ireland with a number of events of national and international significance having already taken place.”
“Ireland has a strong international track record in rugby and soccer, while the GAA continues to provide opportunities to so many around the country. The addition of these indoor facilities to our sporting infrastructure will greatly benefit all three sports from grassroots right up to high performance level. I look forward to the commencement of work in the coming weeks.”
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“Since the opening of Phase One of the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena earlier this year, the venue has seen significant footfall with the facilities benefiting many from elite athletes right down to grassroots clubs,” added Minister of State for Sport Brendan Griffin.
“The commencement of Phase Two is a significant development for the Irish sporting landscape with the world-class facilities set to further benefit our elite athletes and teams, as well as providing more opportunities for people of all levels to engage in sport.”
The location of the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena has been designed to allow easy access to the rugby, Gaelic games and soccer facilities within the National Sports Campus Master Plan – the existing FAI National Training Centre and GAA National Games Development Centre, and the proposed IRFU pitch facilities work on which is understood to be almost ready to start.
“The Arena has long been seen as one of the key missing pieces of the Irish sporting infrastructure, and while the development of Phase One has already had a hugely positive impact, the construction of Phase Two will cement the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus as Ireland’s foremost sporting hub,” said Kieran Mulvey speaking after yesterday’s Sport Ireland Board meeting.
“The development of Phase Two means that Ireland’s three leading field sports will have access to extensive indoor and outdoor facilities along with the world-class facilities of the Sport Ireland Institute in one location, delivering a significant improvement on training facilities elsewhere. I look forward to the completion of Phase Two in 2019 as Irish sport moves onto an exciting new chapter.”
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