Tuesday 15 October 2019

Major football projects reliant on the allocation of State funding

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Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

There are a number of significant football projects that are reliant on State funds. Reforms to the FAI's governance structure will be required in order for these facilities to gain the necessary funding for completion.

Sports Minister Shane Ross has confirmed that money can be allocated to these large-scale plans while the current impasse continues, but they will meet problems at drawdown stage if the FAI still hasn't got its house in order.

The main projects are:

:: Aviva Stadium

The venue requires a €5m grant in order for a Euro 2020 upgrade

:: Munster Centre of Excellence

Plans for a new centre of excellence in Glanmire were launched in December 2016. The plan is for seven pitches, and high-level accompanying facilities on a 30-acre site. Cork City FC are a partner in the plans which is reliant on substantial support from the Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund

:: Dalymount Park

The renovation of Dalymount Park is a project that John Delaney was vocal about on several occasions. Dublin City Council has bought Dalymount off Bohemians and the plan is to overhaul the stadium and make it a community facility with Bohs and Shelbourne the anchor tenants.

:: Finn Harps/Drogheda

Both Finn Harps and Drogheda United are looking for funding to get new stadium projects off the ground. Finn Harps have met considerable delays but hope to be set up in Stranorlar by 2021.

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