The FAI have welcomed plans by Dublin City Council to redevelop Dublin’s Dalymount Park.
Wrenbridge Sport Ltd were engaged by Dublin City Council to complete a detailed appraisal of the Dalymount Park Redevelopment Options. All relevant stakeholders including the two clubs, Bohemian FC, Shelbourne FC, Football Association of Ireland, and a number of local community groups.
Dublin City Council have announced following the process that the preferred option is a Municipal Stadium with a strong community element.
The 6,000 seat UEFA Category 3 stadium will include community facilities, including a library, flexible community space and meeting rooms plus concourse space at ground level which can be utilised for community activities and events on non-matchdays.
Plans are also underway to create an interactive museum at the stadium, as part of the redevelopment.
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Nial Ring is positive about the future of Dalymount Park.
“Having attended a presentation on the detailed appraisal for the Dalymount Park Redevelopment, I, like the representatives of Bohemians, Shelbourne, FAI and local councillors who attended am very positive about the project moving forward.
“I have great confidence in Dublin City Council to deliver a municipal stadium that will be a cornerstone to the community of Phibsborough for many years to come.”
FAI Chief Executive John Delaney hopes the news will come as a boost to the local area.
“This project has been been in the pipeline for a long time, and we are delighted to be working with DCC to give north Dublin a stadium worthy of the area.
“The fact the Bohemians and Shelbourne will be the anchor tenants of the stadium, will add to the storied history of Dalymount Park.
“Phibsborough has hosted some historic matches through the decades, and I’m delighted we will see plenty more matches there for decades to come.”
Bohemian FC Director, Daniel Lambert hopes the news will see a positive future for the Dalymount Park site.
“Bohemian Football Club sold Dalymount Park to Dublin City Council in November 2015, a decision which received unanimous support from city councillors and was fully endorsed by the members of the Bohemian Football Club. Bohemians was, and remains thankful and grateful to John Delaney and his officials at the FAI, DCC, local current and past TDs and councillors, local residents groups, and the huge support of our members which enabled this sale to take place.
“Since 2015 we have been part of a new process, which has made steady progress on realising the full redevelopment of Dalymount Park. This has included participation in a steering group with representatives of all the major stakeholders, meetings with local residents groups, and consultations with Wrenbridge Sport. The culmination of this stage of the process has been the release of this feasibility report by Wrenbridge Sport, which was commissioned by DCC.
“The report identifies option 3A as it’s preferred choice, which the Bohemian Football club is in agreement with and welcomes as it meets all of our key requirements in terms of capacity, facilities, architectural design and also the need to provide community gain to Dublin 7 and beyond. It will receive the full support and backing of the club.”
Shelbourne FC Chairman Joe Casey also gave the club’s backing and support to the news.
“As joint tenants in this exciting project we are delighted to see the progress being made and look forward very much to playing our football in a modern purpose-built stadium which will provide facilities of the highest order for both our supporters and our players.
“We wish to express our thanks to Brendan Kenny from DCC and John Delaney for their tireless efforts in getting this project off the ground and look forward to working closely with Bohemian FC and Dublin City Council over the next few months as we move closer to the planning stages.”