AMBITIOUS PLAN FOR IGB/ RUGBY DEVELOPMENT IN GALWAY

AMBITIOUS PLAN FOR IGB/ RUGBY DEVELOPMENT IN GALWAY

Michael Fortune

Connacht Rugby yesterday unveiled their latest development plan for Galway’s Sportsground which they share with the Irish Greyhound Board.

The ambitious plan is for a redevelopment of the ground into a modern stadium with a capacity of 12,000 which would also incorporate the existing greyhound racing facility.

According to a statement the redevelopment plan has been made possible following an arrangement reached between the Irish Greyhound Board and the freehold owners of the Sportsground, the Galway Agricultural and Sports Society with respect to a shared vision for the future of the Sportsground.

The development would cost in the region of €30 and would have a capacity of 12,000 spectators. It is intended that the development will be funded through a combination of public funds, most notably through the Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund and private funding.

Ger Dollard, IGB CEO said, “The proposed development by Connacht Rugby will deliver state of the art facilities in the Sportsground which will greatly enhance the experience of our customers and also benefit dog owners and breeders. The schedule of greyho9und racing activity will be maintained within the new development. The ambition of the IGB continues to be the delivery of a commercially viable, well-regulated greyhound and breeding industry as well as a customer-centred and value-led entertainment experience”.