Tallaght Stadium gets set for a €4.7m redevelopment
The latest development will see capacity increase by 10,000 and see the creation of a new VIP area.
Tallaght Stadium increased its capacity to 8,000 with the addition of the South Stand last year and now South Dublin County Council (SDCC) is asking architects to submit design proposals for a fourth stand to the north of the stadium plus a remodelled West Stand with an additional floor to accommodate VIP facilities for up to 200 people in a high-quality corporate area.
SDCC’s request for tenders includes costs of €2.9m for the North Stand, which will have a capacity of 2,000, and €1.8m for the West Stand. The council also wants to add retail units at street level to recoup the cost of their investment.
In conjunction with these plans, South Dublin County Council intends to promote Tallaght Stadium as an events venue to include music, festivals and all aspects of community events. With stadium seating and temporary on-field seating, the venue will accommodate up to 20,000 people.
In advance of the building of the North Stand, South Dublin County Council say they have contracted Core to provide an analysis of advertising and branding opportunities for Tallaght Stadium.
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 big events, such as the Special Olympics’ Opening Ceremony in 2018 and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid debut, as well as many memorable games for Shamrock Rovers and the Ireland Women’s football team.
A spokesperson for the SDCC explained to Dublin Gazette how they plan to make the stadium bigger:
South Dublin County Council engaged Cooney Architects to look at options for developing the North Stand, to complete the Stadium. Cooney Architects presented an Options Report, on the proposed development of the North Stand, along with proposed changes to the existing Main Stand, to the Corporate Policy Group and to the December 2018 Council Meeting.
The Report looked at the future of the Stadium as continuing to host the sporting events, including Shamrock Rovers and FAI International games, as well as becoming an event venue for the County. The venue to be promoted for use during the day, for Corporate, Business and Training events as well as a potentially unique wedding venue. The venue would be for the local community, the whole county and for visitors from outside the county to use and visit.
The Stadium currently has a capacity of 8,000, and the Options Report looked at increasing the capacity to 10,000. The Report considered the enhanced flexibility of use in the venue, as well as looking at futureproofing the development.
The Report looked at developing improved Press facilities and seating, as well as additional Corporate capacity in a new second floor to be developed in the existing Main Stand, where much of the anticipated Corporate, Business and Wedding events would take place.
Following the positive reception of the Options Report at the Council meeting, a Tender Process for the design of the North Stand and Main Stand modifications for the Part 8 process has commenced, with the Part 8 Consultation process to follow.
The stadium is owned and operated by South Dublin County Council, and is best known for being home to Ireland’s most successful football club Shamrock Rovers.
A new stand was just recently opened at the stadium, which adds to not just the atmosphere inside but also the capacity.
Located close to the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, Tallaght Stadium is also the home grounds of the Football Association of Irelands women’s national team. A multipurpose venue the stadium has played host to a variety of other sports including rugby, American football, hurling and Gaelic football.
Tallaght Stadium is a UEFA Category 4 venue, a standard that puts it alongside some of the world’s most elite stadia. Aside from sport, the stadium offers conference facilities for anywhere between 5-300 delegates and a concert facility for up to 20,000 patrons. In house, the stadium is fully equipped with state-of-the-art AV equipment, and is available to book for both corporate and private events.
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