Officials at the new Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena in Dublin have revealed plans to use the multi-purpose venue to drive sporting legacy in the country.
Opened in January of this year, the venue is split into three areas; the National Indoor Training Centre, the National Indoor Athletics Training Centre and the National Gymnastics Training Centre.
The National Indoor Training Centre includes a multi-purpose sports hall and bleacher seating for 1,680 spectators, as well amenities such as changing rooms and kitchen facilities, as well as the building energy centre.
The National Indoor Athletics Training Centre provides a banked hydraulic, six-lane 200m track, eight-lane 60m sprint track, and five-lane 110m practice sprint track, as well as an in-field event area, fixed seating for 400 spectators and management offices.
In addition, the National Gymnastics Training Centre features a purpose-built gymnastics hall and training pits, changing rooms, viewing gallery press offices and ancillary offices.
John Treacy, chief executive at Sport Ireland, said “It’s fantastic to have this kind of centrepiece for sport; it was the big missing piece. It will certainly bring success.”
While the facility has already boosted the social, leisure and economic wellbeing of the community building links locally, officials are keen for it to play a major role in promoting sporting legacy in Dublin and Ireland as a whole.
In a statement, the venue said: “The Arena has achieved the ultimate goal of driving the development of Irish sport for young aspiring athletes to fulfil their sporting potential, whilst also delivering an inclusive environment for athletes and the local community with differing abilities to thrive on.
“The flagship facility is the newest of its kind in Europe and is at the leading edge of international indoor standards ensuring a lasting legacy for Irish sporting bodies, high performance athletes and the general public.”
Delegates at TheStadiumBusiness Summit 2017 next month will be able to learn more about the new venue, with KSS director Nick Marshall scheduled to take to the stage and discuss design specifications at the site.
Registered delegates can also tour the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena on June 21 at 5pm and June 23 at 4pm.