At Sunday’s 2011 Louth GAA Convention, the clubs of Louth GAA voted unanimously to give their backing in principle, to the proposal of the Louth GAA County Grounds to be based on the Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) campus in Dundalk.
The clubs voted overwhelmingly in favour of the DkIT proposal, receiving 97 votes as opposed to 21 votes to the GAA Grounds, Drogheda. The responsibility of fundraising €1.5 million towards the €6 million project will lie solely with Louth GAA.
DkIT has a current student population of 5,500 and it is anticipated that this will grow steadily over the coming years towards 10,000.
The proposal from DkIT, ( now approved by Louth GAA) is that a 12,000 capacity stadium is constructed on lands at their Campus in partnership with Louth GAA.
The proposed partnership with Louth GAA will be using a model already successfully in use in other parts of Ireland and will initially provide Louth GAA with a state of the art modern County Ground that will also be used by the students at DkIT and other sporting bodies by agreement.
The Stadium, will – subject to confirmation, and planning permission – incorporate :
• 4,000 capacity fully covered seated stand, incorporating 4 fully fitted dressing rooms,
2 referees’ rooms, a physio and treatment room, player, official and public toilet blocks
and a 200 seat reception room
• Media facilities
• 5,000 terraced stand constructed to be converted to a 2,500 seated stand in the future
• 3,000 capacity embankments to the ends and sides of the ground
• Stadium fully enclosed with parking for 100 within the enclosed space
• Stadium grade pitch similar to that installed in major professional venues
• Floodlighting to 300Lux (with infrastructure to upgrade to 800Lux if required)
• Electronic scoreboard
Facilities directly associated with the Stadium (available for use on Match Days):
• 2 warm up pitches (sand carpet championship pitches)
• Restaurant and franchise facilities such as the college restaurant (600 seats) and the
coffee dock in the Carroll’s Building
• On site parking for 1,200 vehicles
• Indoor warm up and preparation hall on the current campus