The plan to completely redevelop Northern Ireland's national stadium received the anticipated funding of £31 million. Two stands will be built from scratch and two will undergo thorough renovation works.
After delays it's now given the green light: Windsor Park should be expanded by 2016 and completely change its standard. The venue subject to numerous controversies over poor and insufficient facilities will receive full funding of £31 million, a slight increase from earlier budget of £29m.
Along the scheme two stands will be built from scratch (south and east), while two existing will be renovated. Only part of the ground to retain its current looks will be the north side. Capacity is expected to grow over the 18,000 point.
Initially work was expected to start in Autumn 2013, but the funding decision put plans on hold. Now reconstruction should go ahead from early 2014 to late 2015 or early 2016.