Louth GAA’s dream to build a state-of-the-art 14,000 capacity stadium moved a step closer last week as the project received full planning permission from Louth County Council.
Gaels from across the county rejoiced at the news, which was revealed by the county board in a statement last week:
‘After many false dawns, and an exhaustive process of identifying a suitable new home for Gaelic Games in County Louth, we are delighted to announce that the location on the Inner Relief Road in Dundalk has today been granted planning permission.
‘With the development of the new home in the North East, we now set out on a fundraising drive for the new, state-of-the-art stadium.’
The 14,000 capacity arena will be made up of a 4,080 seated stand which contains two kiosks, four dressing rooms, and a physio room, each with toilets and showers. There will be two match officials’ rooms, each with toilet and shower facilities, a medical room with a toilet and an office, along with disabled toilets.
The standing terrace on the opposite side of the ground will hold 8,470 spectators with male and female toilets, a spectators’ team room, two kiosks, three press boxes, and a storeroom. There will be two standing areas behind the goals, each with a capacity of 725 people.
Twenty turnstiles will cater for supporters who enter at the Inner Relief Road side with 10 turnstiles situated at the DkIT Sport entrance. There will be on-site parking for 70 cars – with 24 of them for disabled drivers – and two bus parking bays.
The 145m x 90m main pitch will be illuminated by 800 lux floodlighting, which is suitable for televised games, with a warm-up pitch, 90m x 65m in size, lit by 200 lux lights.
GAA President John Horan was in Dundalk last January to officially turn the sod at the site and made it clear that Croke Park was 100 per cent behind the project and vowed to make it ‘one of his priorities going forward’.
However, Louth GAA will have to come up with a considerable portion of the overall cost of the project and have officially relaunched the Wee County Double House Draw, the main fundraiser for the new stadium.
The draw was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic but a new date of April 4, 2021 has been announced, with two houses still up for grabs. To relaunch the draw a €5,000 cash prize is up for grabs for all entrants who purchase a ticket before September 30th. Those who have already bought a ticket will also be included in the draw. Tickets can be bought online at Wee County Double House Draw or through local GAA clubs.