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4 months 1 week ago - 4 months 1 week ago #63287 by Misfit
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pics of the overall look of the stadium and new clan stand

From RTE ( www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/1007/1001602...op-the-sportsground/ )

Connacht Rugby have unveiled plans to redevelop the Sportsground into a new 12,000 capacity stadium.

The Irish province has reached an agreement with their co-tenants, the Irish Greyhound Board, and the owners of the land, the Galway Agricultural and Sports Society to carry out the work.

The Sportsground first opened in 1926, but despite modifications in recent years, the province has outgrown the venue. Three potential locations were considered, but redeveloping the College Road stadium in Galway city was always the preferred option. Talks to redevelop the site began almost 3 years ago.

The new facility will include a new stadium with capacity for 12,000 spectators, with a new high-performance centre and greyhound racing track.

The new stadium will include two stands at either side of the ground, with terracing behind each goal. The new main stand will include dressing rooms and corporate hospitality.

The new pitch will be an all weather surface. The high performance rugby centre will include an indoor training pitch, along with treatment rooms, a strength and conditioning facility and administration and office space.

The project is expected to cost in the region of €30m and will be paid for through a combination of public and private funds. Connacht Rugby intend to apply to the Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund for financial support.

The multi-use facility will also be made available for the hosting of other sports, including soccer and gaelic games, if the demand arises.

Connacht Rugby has held talks with local residents in Galway city and plans to host a full public consultation. Applications for planning permission and government funding will be submitted in the coming weeks.

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4 months 1 week ago #63288 by Evil_g
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https://www.connachtrugby.ie/connacht-rugby-announces-historic-redevelopment-plans-for-the-sportsground/

Pity they can't get rid of the dogs, but fantastic news all the same. Fair play to all involved.

I'm having difficulties picturing 12k fitting into those two stands. They must be keeping loads of terracing....which is great.

Looks like they're getting rid of the back pitch, which presumably means a lot of training will be moved somewhere else?

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4 months 1 week ago #63289 by Evil_g
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The new pitch will be an all weather surface.


Does that mean plastic? Not sure how I feel about that.

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4 months 1 week ago - 4 months 1 week ago #63290 by connachta
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Sooooooo glad!
What a piece of news for a monday morning!
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4 months 1 week ago #63291 by Bazzo
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Brilliant news. Am I looking at the picture properly, is the new clan stand going to be much bigger than the current "main" stand? Or is the concept art looking down from the bohermore end? In the first picture it says "clan bar" above the door on the snazzy new building so I presume not.

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4 months 1 week ago #63292 by creaven
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Great news and with a sensible capacity also.
Lets hope the planning application process is quick with no objectors appealing to every court in the land.
Well done Connacht

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4 months 1 week ago #63293 by Evil_g
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I wonder what the plans are for during the development? It won't be built over a summer by the looks of it.

Terryland? Dubarry Park? Thomand?

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4 months 1 week ago #63296 by ConnachtCows
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I hope they haven't jumped the gun with the announcement.
Looks like there are plenty of hoops to jump through still. I suppose it's better to be kept up to date though.

Some things that I like from reading the articles, and looking at the pictures
Staying in the Sportsground
It mentions terraces and seating on both sides of the pitch
The picture looks to show some sort of permanent terracing (uncovered) on the college road end
The price seems pretty reasonable
I like the wording "Connacht" spelt out in the seats
Redevolping the main stand
Proper changing room locations for the players
Surely the toilets will be improved

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4 months 1 week ago #63299 by ConnachtCows
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"The new main stand will include dressing rooms and corporate hospitality."

The images seem to indicate that these will be in the Clan Stand. I hope they are.
I'd love to see some proper blueprints/architectural drawings

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4 months 1 week ago #63303 by Sol_ie
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I'd imagine the references to the "Main Stand" in the new proposal are where the current Clan Stand is. The old Main Stand will be rechristened, I'd imagine.

Prob have to announce it now, will be public info once it's lodged for planning. CR will be doing the usual public lobbying to make sure things are as easy as possible.

Like the look of the new High Performance Centre. I wonder whether NUIG or similar will have some input into that (I know UL have a stake in Munsters).

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4 months 1 week ago #63304 by mikey
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Evil_g wrote: https://www.connachtrugby.ie/connacht-rugby-announces-historic-redevelopment-plans-for-the-sportsground/

Pity they can't get rid of the dogs, but fantastic news all the same. Fair play to all involved.

I'm having difficulties picturing 12k fitting into those two stands. They must be keeping loads of terracing....which is great.

Looks like they're getting rid of the back pitch, which presumably means a lot of training will be moved somewhere else?


Just had a quick read of this fantastic news. There will be an indoor training pitch.

Going to the Sportsgrounds is a bit like Mass:You stay until the players are off the pitch and never leave early!

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4 months 1 week ago #63305 by overstrander
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Is it just me or do these photos look quite similar to what we already have? Two stands and then people getting drenched at both ends?

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4 months 1 week ago #63306 by ConnachtCows
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I presume that the images aren't set in stone, but it looks as if the plan is to leave the current Main Stand is all terracing, bar the enclosure, and a small section of seating to replace the Grant Thornton stand.
It does look like they plan to extend that stand a small bit though.
Struggling to see how they think they'll get 12k in based on the pictures though.

My best guesses are:
Main Stand ~ 2,500
Behind each try area: ~700 each
Clan Stand: Would need to be 8,000

Considering they look to be getting rid of the terracing for seats in the Clan Stand, this is going to need to be a pretty big stand

Anyway, this is all just presumptions. Delighted that they are doing anything

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4 months 1 week ago #63307 by ConnachtCows
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overstrander wrote: Is it just me or do these photos look quite similar to what we already have? Two stands and then people getting drenched at both ends?


Yes. Unfortunately with the dogs remaining, they can't do much behind the goals. The couple of hundred who attend the dogs need to be able to see them run behind the goals, so a covered stand is almost impossible without the need for moveable covering

I presume that the thoughts are that giving more people the options to go into the 2 main stands, mean that less people will need to go behind the goals.

I'm worried about Season Ticket holders in the Clan Stand now though.
Will it be open seating, or will we get to choose a specific seat?
How do I decide which of my friends get to pick the seats beside me?

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4 months 1 week ago #63308 by Stakeknife84
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Shame they aren't doing anything about the ends. I can't see anybody wishing to stand in the driving rain come winter time.

The new Main Stand looks it will replace the Clan Stand as I understand it and will probably take up the heft of the new 12,000 capacity.

Good news in general. Long overdue. Let's just hope they build it.
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4 months 1 week ago #63309 by Sol_ie
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It does look as if the Clan stand is going to be a terrace out front, seating behind and then what I assume is boxes and corporate etc. above that again. Maybe more seats?

Looks like the Main stand is pretty much unchanged bar the addon of where the Grant Thornton currently is. Imagine it'll get a bit of a facelift as part of the process.

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