Connacht Rugby’s Sportsground redevelopment “shovel ready”


Connacht Rugby has received full planning permission for the redevelopment of its Sportsground home in College Road, Galway. The €30m project, designed by Chapman Architects, will include a new stadium with capacity for 12,000 spectators as well as a multi-use indoor High Performance Training Centre.

The strategic benefits of the project to the region are closely aligned with the government’s National Planning Framework, Project Ireland 2040 as well as the National Sports Policy, all of which highlight the need for a regional spread of capital investment throughout the country. It also fulfils the need for improved sports infrastructure in the region, identified in the Galway City Development Plan.

“With 130 people employed throughout the province by Connacht Rugby we are extremely proud of the annual contribution of €34.4m we are making to the regional economy,” said Willie Ruane, CEO of Connacht Rugby. “We have €10m in private funding to bring to the table through a mixture of Connacht Rugby funds and an approved bank credit facility. The project is now shovel ready and the remaining €20m state investment is critical to its delivery.”

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