Greyhound Racing Ireland is proceeding with plans for a €2.3 million upgrade of facilities at Shelbourne Park greyhound Stadium in Dublin.

It is currently seeking submissions from interested parties, through the e-tenders platform, for a design team for the project which is split into three phases covering the upgrade of the ground floor area (phase 1), a re-development of the hospitality suites (phase 2) and re-modelling of the first-floor grandstand restaurant (phase 3).

The funding available will be utilised to immediately proceed with phase 1 and phase 2 of the redevelopment project.

Interested parties are being asked to deliver a full concept design for the design, to include the introduction of a tourist visitor experience as part of the overall re-modelling together with upgrading of suites to offer 7-day conference and meeting facilities overlooking the racetrack and the Dublin city skyline.

The return of in-person events and meetings will take place and it is always good to have a different vista to look out upon. The views from the grandstand take in the Aviva Stadium from its Ringsend location.

“Shelbourne Park is the flagship greyhound stadium in Ireland and has a national and international status,” said Frank Nyhan, Chairman of Greyhound Racing Ireland.

“The ambition of GRI in the medium term is to create a world-class stadium facility to rival other sporting venues in the capital and continue to provide the greyhound industry with a flagship venue where all within the greyhound community can aspire to have their greyhounds competing in race events.”

“The funding for the enhancement project has been made available through the surplus sale proceeds from the disposal of Harold’s Cross Greyhound Stadium in 2018.”

“Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium has iconic status within the greyhound community,” added Damian Matthews, Chairman of the Irish Greyhound Owners & Breeders Federation.

“Everyone in the greyhound community dreams of having a runner at Shelbourne Park and particularly participating in the highlight of the annual greyhound calendar – The BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby. We look forward to working with GRI in advancing these plans for the benefit of the entire industry.”

The closing date for submission of tenders through the e-tenders platform is 30th April 2021. Following the design process and compliance with other statutory procedures it is expected that works would commence on site during the early months of 2022.

 

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