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Drawings of proposed new County Grounds in Dundalk revealed to clubs

Drawings of proposed new County Grounds in Dundalk revealed to clubs

The Louth GAA County Board last night presented drawings of the proposed new County Grounds to club delegates at a meeting in Darver.

The new 14,000 capacity arena is earmarked for a site at Upper Marshes on the Inner Relief Road.

Last week Talk of the Town revealed that a planning application for the stadium was due to be submitted to Louth County Council in the coming days.

An artist’s impression of how the new stadium will look

The application reads as follows: “The development will consist of a sports stadium (14,000 capacity) comprising of: A covered seated stand (4,080 capacity) incorporating dressing rooms, toilets and ancillary accommodation; general standing area (1,450 capacity); main playing area; warm-up area; flood lighting; stop nets; score board; flag poles; entrance turnstiles; generator compound; ground maintenance store; ESB sub-station; vehicular entrances; on-site car parking (70 no. spaces); boundary fencing and boundary walls, externall footpath along eastern side of the Inner Relief Road (R215) and all associated siteworks.”

Plans will be available to view at the Louth County Council offices at the Town Hall on Crowe Street, Dundalk, with submissions welcome from the five week period beginning on the date of receipt by the local authority of the application.

Last September GAA delegates voted to build a new €8 million stadium at a site between DkIT Sport and the former The Authentic Food Company/HJ Heinz plant.

How the proposed terracing at the new stadium will look

A deal was secured with the chief executive of Louth County Council for the purchase of almost 10 acres of the land for a €400,000 fee with councillors approving this last December.

In February the County Board made their first move towards the construction of the €8 million stadium when they sought permission to raise the existing levels of land at the site with imported engineering grade fill material in order to facilitate the future construction of the stadium.

Once completed the new facility will be available for the county’s football and hurling sides as well as for DkIT GAA matches.