0 Dublin City Council given the go ahead to proceed to the design and planning stages of the Dalymount Park Redevelopment

Dublin City Council has announced that a grant agreement has now been signed with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media (DTCAGSM) in relation to the Dalymount Park Redevelopment Project. The allocation of €918,750 from the Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF) will part fund the design and planning elements of the project.

Dublin City Council will now appoint an architect-led integrated design team that will begin work shortly on the preliminary design. During this process there will be consultation with all the relevant stakeholders, including both Bohemian FC and Shelbourne FC, and the wider North Dublin Community.

Dalymount Park is one of the city council's major capital infrastructure projects, which will not only improve the sporting infrastructure of the city, but play a major in role in the regeneration and enhancement of the Public Domain in Phibsborough.

The current plan is to develop:

  • A four-sided enclosed (bowl) municipal stadium 6,000-capacity UEFA category 3 stadium
  • New north, south, east and west stands
  • New community stand (east) - 1,000m² at first floor level including library, flexible community space, meeting rooms etc., plus c.1,000m² of concourse space at ground level, which could potentially be utilised for community activities and events on non-match days.
  • New football stand (west) - UEFA Category 3 facilities, plus club offices and meeting rooms including c.250m² of hospitality/community space

The current timeline for completion of the redeveloped stadium is the commencement of 2025 season but this is very much dependent on further funding coming available for the construction stage from national Government via stream 2 of LSSIF and the City Councillors supporting the rezoning and sale of Tolka Park.

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu, welcomed the announcement that the Dalymount Park Redevelopment is now in a position to proceed to design and planning stage of the project, she added: "The redevelopment of this iconic stadium will provide a modern facility that will not just be of benefit to Bohemian FC and Shelbourne FC but the wider Dublin Community through the provision of a state of the art multi-functional facility."

In relation to the finalisation of the grant agreement, the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D. stated: "I am delighted that work is progressing on the Dalymount Park project. The funding being provided by my Department will allow the detailed design work to be completed and I look forward to further engagement with Dublin City Council when the project is ready to move to the construction stage. While it is particularly significant for the soccer community, the project will benefit the entire community and play a significant part in the regeneration of the Phibsborough area."

The Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers T.D. also welcomed the progress: "I am delighted that the proposed Dalymount redevelopment project is now moving to the next stage. I want to see continued investment in our sporting infrastructure through both the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme and the Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund and will continue to make the case for enhanced investment in these programmes in the coming years. The new Dalymount Stadium will be a significant boost for the League of Ireland and I wish Dublin City Council, Shelbourne FC and Bohemian FC every success with the project."

Shelbourne FC welcomed the announcement from Dublin City Council that funding is now in place to commence the design and planning elements for the redevelopment of Dalymount Park into a modern purpose-built Stadium for all of north Dublin to enjoy.

As co-anchor tenants in this project with Bohemian FC, Shelbourne said that they "look forward to working closely with them and Dublin City Council to achieving the common shared vision we all have of providing our supporters with the most modern facilities available and a Stadium that will enable us to grow further as clubs".

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