PRESS RELEASE ISSUED 29TH MAY 2009
Tallaght Stadium was officially opened on Wednesday, 27th May, 2009 at 4.00pm, by the Mayor of South Dublin County, Marie Corr and Mr. Martin Cullen T.D, Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism.
A purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility, its already becoming a hub of activity in Tallaght. Owned and built by South Dublin County Council, the stadium opened its doors to the public in March when anchor tenants Shamrock Rovers FC hosted their first home game. The celebration of the completion of this phase of the Stadium and the coverage of the event represented a milestone in the development of facilities in South Dublin County.
Currently the stadium has a capacity of 3,300 people; however construction is underway on a second stand which is set to be finished by the end of the summer. When both stands are complete, the stadium will have the ability to host almost 7,000 spectators. There is also room to develop a third and fourth stand at either goal end, potentially adding another 4,000 seats, taking the capacity to over 10,000 people
The final cost of the development was 11.2m, it was promoted by the Community Services Department of the Council, managed by the Architects Department, in particular Eddie Conroy, County Architect and Maire OSullivan, Senior Architect. Martin Noone was the consultant Architect and the stadium itself was constructed by P J McLoughlin Ltd.
Tallaght Stadium is a community facility and accordingly, two local primary schools teams celebrated the official opening by playing a friendly game on the new pitch. The facility itself is expected to prove to be a tremendous asset as well as a source of pride to the local community, and is likely to be a tourist attraction also.
Mayor Marie Corr said at the opening:
Today is a great day all round - its a great day for South Dublin County Council to bring to fruition a project like this one, which on more than one occasion looked like it might never get past the drawing board.
Today is a great day for Shamrock Rovers - after 22 years of uncertainty, Rovers are finally home. Rovers are the anchor of Tallaght Stadium, and the Council looks forward to a long and successful relationship with this great club.
Today is also a great day for the people of Tallaght - who now have a magnificent facility which, as well as being a home for Shamrock Rovers, will also be very much a community facility. After the formalities, there will be a match between two local schools, St. Aidans and St. Killians. These will be the first of the next generation of soccer stars to play on the new pitch. We expect to be able to host a wide range of community activities in Tallaght Stadium over the years and in doing so hope to add considerably to the social fabric of the lives of the people of Tallaght.