Ulster GAA reveal new plans for redevelopment of Casement Park

The new stadium has a proposed capacity of 34,500, with 8,500 of those in a standing terracing

BY Newstalk 15:54 Monday 24 October 2016, 15:54 24 Oct 2016

Image: Ulster GAA

Ulster GAA today unveiled its plans for the proposed redevelopment of Casement Park as a new provincial stadium in Antrim.

The design, which the organisation says was "informed and shaped by feedback received from the local community and wider stakeholders", has a proposed capacity of 34,500, inclusive of 8,500 standing terracing.  

The new bowl design is sought to help shield supporters from weather conditions and the height, scale and capacity are all reduced from the previous design, with the stadium envelope also being further restricted.

Facilities such as handball courts and car parking will be available for use on non-match days, which aims to be part of the £77 million development.

"GAA members, supporters as well as people across the local community are looking forward to an exciting new beginning for Antrim and a Provincial Stadium for Ulster," said Ulster GAA president Michael Hasson of the unveiling.

"We want to create a positive sporting legacy and iconic stadium that will be a beacon to inspire young GAA players throughout West Belfast, Antrim and across Ulster."

The outside of the proposed stadium design. Image: Ulster GAA

"Today’s design unveiling demonstrates Ulster GAA’s willingness to engage, listen and evolve our plans for a new Casement Park stadium," said Tom Daly, Chairman of the Casement Park Project Board.  

"In the new scheme we have reduced the scale, mass, size and capacity of the stadium, whilst at the same time creating a first class atmosphere for GAA supporters through the bowl design and up-close spectator experience. 

"The emerging design will be up to code and the Casement Park project team continues to work closely and positively with the Safety Technical Group (STG)," added Daly. "We are looking forward to hearing from GAA supporters, the local community and all stakeholders on their thoughts on the design and community facilities throughout the consultation process."


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