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New stand for Tallaght Stadium

Friday, 5th April, 2019 1:00pm
New stand for Tallaght Stadium

The official opening of the new stand coincided with the Republic of Ireland under-21’s game against Luxemburg in the UEFA European Championship qualifiers.

New stand for Tallaght Stadium

The official opening of the new stand coincided with the Republic of Ireland under-21’s game against Luxemburg in the UEFA European Championship qualifiers.

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IT HAS been a busy week for the Mayor of South Dublin County, Cllr Mark Ward, who attended the officially opening of the new South Stand of Tallaght Stadium.

The mayor who was also in Firhouse this week for the opening of the new pitches there, was joined by Donal Conway, President of the Football Association of Ireland, and Daniel McLoughlin, Chief Executive of South Dublin County Council, in Tallaght Stadium on Sunday.

The official opening of the new stand coincided with Stephen Kenny's first match in charge of the Republic of Ireland under-21's international football team as they took on Luxemburg in the UEFA European Championship qualifiers.

Constructed by ABM Construction, the South Stand now brings the capacity of Tallaght Stadium to 8,000 and further enhances its reputation as one of the premier sporting facilities in the country.

In the decade since opening its doors in 2009, Tallaght Stadium has increased capacity, improved facilities and provided the home ground for all Shamrock Rovers' games in the Airtricity League.

The stadium has hosted many prestigious events, such as the Special Olympics’ Opening Ceremony in 2018 and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid debut, as well as many memorable nights in Europe for Shamrock Rovers and international football matches.

Tallaght Stadium has also been chosen as a host venue for the UEFA European U-17 Championship, being held in Ireland from May 3 to 19.

There are 16 teams taking part in the tournament, with seven games to be played in Tallaght, including a quarter-final, the semi-final and the final on Sunday, May 19.

South Dublin County Council has commissioned a further feasibility report from Cooney Architects in 2018 that explored the option of developing a new North Stand to boost capacity to 10,000.

The report also looked at developing improved press facilities and seating as well as additional corporate facilities on a new second floor to be developed in the existing Main Stand. It is anticipated that this will be progressed in line with the Part 8 process this year.

Mayor Ward said he was delighted to represent South Dublin County Council to officially open the South Stand of the stadium.

“I want to commend the staff in the council for what they have achieved in the past number of years with the development of the stadium,” he said. “I know there are very exciting plans for expanding the stadium even further with a new fourth stand and this  I’m sure the years ahead will bring similar success."

Chief Executive of South Dublin Daniel McLoughlin, added: “This project is a substantial public investment by South Dublin County Council and proof of this local authority’s ongoing commitment to attracting local, national and international visitors to our county.

“This stadium, and particularly the new South Stand, has been built to a very high specification and provides a real focal point here in Tallaght, particularly for visitors for sporting occasions.

“We see South Dublin County with all its wonderful facilities as a hub for sports, with aim of the South Dublin Tourism Strategy to put South Dublin to the forefront of the tourism market."

Danny McLoughlin (SDCC Chief Executive), Mayor Mark Ward and  FAI President Donal Conway.

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