Basketball Ireland has announced plans for a refurbishment of the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on the edge of the M50.

On Thursday Bernard O’Byrne, CEO of the National Governing Body, briefed members of South Dublin County Council on proposed upgrades to the Arena, including the refurbishment of dressing rooms, toilets and reception, along with an office extension.

There would also be improved disability access and facilities, a new state-of-the-art digital scoreboard, replacement of damaged Arena seating and improvements to the car park and outside lighting.

“The Arena has not had significant capital investment for 15 years and these refurbishments are crucial to bringing it up-to-date and securing its future, to make sure it’s fit for purpose,” said O’Byrne.

“We have had a lot of positive feedback so far from stakeholders and politicians – both locally and nationally. We are seeking an urgent meeting with the Minister for Sport and the relevant Department officials.”

“The Arena is the home of basketball in Ireland and we hope to make a start on refurbishment works by the end of the year.”

The Arena hosted European U18 Championships in 2018 while further international tournaments have been held in Cork and scheduled for Limerick.

It is also only a few kilometres from the Sport Ireland Campus with which it co-hosted the Europeans, providing a multi-court which the Arena cannot currently offer.