Ulster GAA reveal new plans for €86 million redevelopment of Casement Park

ALMOST TWO YEARS after the original plans were quashed by a High Court judge, Ulster GAA has today revealed its proposed designs for the redevelopment of Casement Park.

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The Belfast venue, once one of the iconic grounds on the GAA circuit, has been lying idle for three years after plans for the €86 million (£77 million) redevelopment were scrapped following an objection from a resident’s group.

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The Ulster board are hopeful the new designs, which have been unveiled following an extensive community consultation process, will allow the project to proceed.

The height, scale and capacity have all been reduced from the previous design while a ‘bowl’ shape ensures that supporters in terracing will have the same level of protection from the weather as other spectators.

The proposed capacity of 34,500 includes a standing terrace of 8,500.

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

“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.

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“We are also committed to delivering a travel culture change within the GAA with a sustainable transport strategy inclusive of coach travel, park and ride and integrated travel choices with ticket sales.

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“This strategy is good for ease of access to and from the stadium, is cognisant of the needs and views of the local community and is good for the wider environment.”

A redeveloped Casement Park will include conference and banqueting facilities, handball courts and community space.

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