Friday 18 October 2019

Connacht Rugby granted planning permission for the €30m redevelopment of the Sportsground

Bundee Aki of Connacht . Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Bundee Aki of Connacht . Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

John Morley

Connacht Rugby has announced that planning permission has be granted for a €30m redevelopment of their Galway Sportsground.

The application was awarded after a public consultation was carried out with technical advisors, in which a detailed design process was laid out before local authorities.

The new stadium will have a capacity of 12,000 seats and will also include a high performance centre and a greyhound racecourse.

The provincial club took to twitter to make the announcement.

The stadium will consist of two stands at either side, with terrace areas behind either goals.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was at the Sportsground today as they news wasa broken.

Welcoming An Taoiseach to the Sportsground, CEO of Connacht Rugby, Willie Ruane commented: “We are delighted to have An Taoiseach in the Sportsground to receive an update on our redevelopment project.

"There has been huge momentum behind the project since we announced last October, and we now have the final granting of planning permission. With 130 people employed throughout the province by Connacht Rugby we are extremely proud of the annual contribution of €34.4m we are making to the regional economy.

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"We have €10m in private funding to bring to the table through a mixture of Connacht Rugby funds and an approved bank credit facility. The project is now shovel ready and the remaining €20m state investment is critical to its delivery”.

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