Dublin City Council downgrades Dalymount Park plans

Dublin City Council has signed off on plans to redevelop Dalymount Park into an all-seater stadium, but at a smaller capacity than initially proposed.

League of Ireland Premier Division club Bohemians sold the venue to the council in November 2015, with the idea of the team sharing with rival Shelbourne once the redevelopment was complete.

The council has been working with Wrenbridge Sport over the past three years to finalise the plans, thus pushing back the completion date to 2022.

However, the council has this week finalised plans for the project, with the venue to have a capacity of 6,000 seats, rather than the figure of between 8,000 and 10,000 that was initially announced.

Once complete, the stadium will house a library, flexible community space and a number of meeting rooms, as well as concourse space that can be used on non-match days.

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Nial Ring, praised the efforts of the council, saying the venue will be a “cornerstone to the community” for years to come.

“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,” Ring said.

“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.”

John Delaney, chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland, added: “This project has 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.”

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