The Dublin City Council announced detailed design phase for the new shared stadium for Bohemian FC and Shelbourne FC. Should all go well, the ground will open in 2025.
The City Council has confirmed a few days ago that the future Dalymount Park stadium is finally moving one step towards completion. The city has allocated €918,750 ($1.1m) from the Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF) to create a comprehensive design.
This long-anticipated step comes extremely late, 2.5 years since the preliminary vision for the new stadium was revealed. And still almost all work awaits ahead, including consultation with both co-tenants and the wider North Dublin community. It’s thus no surprise that opening of the new stadium is expected around 2025.
Even that will only be possible if several criteria are met. First, LSSIF has to provide funding for the stadium’s construction. Second, the City Council will have to support rezoning and sale of Tolka Park, current home of Shelbourne (which will be redundant as Shels are to move to Dalymount).
As for the stadium’s characteristics, nothing has changed since the 2018 announcement. The goal is a 6,000-capacity Category 3 stadium with four new independent stands, with additional amenities included particularly in the east stand.
These include 1,000 m² at ground floor level including library, flexible community space, meeting rooms etc. plus app. 1,000 m² of concourse space at ground level which could potentially be utilised for community activities and events on non-match days.