€24.2m second phase completed at Ireland's National Indoor Arena

Tom Walkerin Multi-sports venues

Ireland's National Indoor Arena has reached the second stage of its phased opening.

Facilities made available to both elite and community sport during the second phase include covered synthetic pitch facilities for rugby and Gaelic games, an indoor pitch which can accommodate a number of sports; a half-sized indoor rugby pitch and ancillary facilities including changing and player rooms, offices and meeting rooms.

The covered facility will allow Ireland's top athletes in the relevant codes to train all year round, regardless of weather conditions, in preparation for competitive fixtures and international tournaments.

At the same time, the facility will provide a consistent environment for the provision of improved referee and coach development and training.

"The development of Phase Two means that Ireland's leading field sports will have access to extensive indoor and outdoor facilities along with the world-class facilities of the Sport Ireland Institute in one location, delivering a significant improvement on training facilities elsewhere," said Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy.

Construction work on Phase Two began in July 2017 and the two-year, €24.2m project was completed on time.

It is the latest addition to the Sport Ireland Campus, with other facilities on site including: the National Aquatic Centre, Sport Ireland Institute, Irish Sport HQ, National Diving Centre, National Horse Sport Arena, National Cross Country Track, Cricket Ireland High-Performance Centre and Special Olympics Ireland HQ, among others.

The arena is one of the main sports-related initiatives in the wider Project Ireland 2040 development - the government's long-term overarching strategy to make "Ireland a better country for all".

You can read the original article from Sports Management HERE