Work on new fourth stand at stadium well underway
WORK on the fourth new stand at Tallaght Stadium which will bring the grounds up to a capacity 10,000-seater is well underway and this was clear to see at Shamrock Rovers Champions League match on Tuesday evening.
The investment in the Stadium is approximately €11.5 million with the works maintaining the stadium’s UEFA
Category 4 status which will potentially allow the hosting of all European games including group games for the Champions League, Europa League or Europa Conference League.
The stadium last month played hosts to a full house when the Hoops played Dublin rivals Bohemians and their match against Hibernians from Malta in their first group match.
Another big crowd will be expected next Thursday night as Rovers will now compete in the Europa League group stages.
Construction workers have been on-site since June and as well as the new North Stand, the development includes major refurbishment work to the main stand corporate areas, which will result in an improved offering and will have much-enhanced facilities for media and sporting fixtures as well as revamped conference and meeting room facilities.
In addition, there will be improved fully accessible seating areas in the South Stand, as well as a changing-places facility.
The delivery of the North Stand at Tallaght Stadium and the opportunities it provides as an events venue will also complement the current investment of over €80m in infrastructure projects underway in Tallaght, such as the delivery of a new Heritage Centre, the Tallaght Innovation Centre –which is now under construction – the Tallaght District Heating Scheme, as well as a major public realm enhancement programme for Tallaght Town Centre.
Tallaght Stadium is also home to the FAI Women’s national football team, the FAI men’s under 21 football team and of course the current SSE Airtricity League Champions Shamrock Rovers, who play all their home games at the venue.
The development of the new North Stand, which will hold over 2,000 spectators, will allow for an increase in the spectator capacity to over 10,000, up from the current capacity of 8,000.
Jason Frehill, Director of Economic Enterprise and Tourism Development at South Dublin County Council said recently: “The addition of the fourth stand to complete the stadium is proof of South Dublin County Council’s commitment to attracting local, national and international visitors to Tallaght. This substantial investment is a milestone in promoting the entire county as a hub for sports and entertainment tourism.”
It is anticipated that the construction works will be completed by the end of July 2023.