Dalymount given the green light
Bohemians and Shelbourne have given their backing to the final plans for the new Dalymount Park which should see both clubs play there in the 2022 season.
The development of the Dublin 7 site, purchased from Bohs by Dublin City Council in 2015, had been slowed down as DCC asked for a feasibility study on a project which is due to cost €30million, and the hard work only starts now as Government funding will be needed to make the development happen.
In terms of prising money from central funds, it will do Bohs no harm that the finance minster, Paschal Donohue, is not only a local resident but a frequent attender of games at the stadium.
DCC presented their plans for the new ground to officials from Bohs and Shels - the Dublin rivals will groundshare as Tolka Park will permanently close once the project is complete - and the FAI, and those plans were made public yesterday.
The proposed capacity for the stadium is now 6,000, a drop on the 10,000 capacity which was initially floated. That will consist of two stands, each seating 2,600 with terracing behind each goal.
If planning permission is granted, work should begin in late 2019, with a two-year building process giving the two clubs hopes of being in situ by 2021 or 2022.
The stadium will deemed Category 3, which will lead to restrictions in terms of hosing major European games or underage international matches.
The new Dalymount will also be a community amenity, with community facilities, a library and meeting rooms while a football museum is also planned.
"I have great confidence in Dublin City Council to deliver a municipal stadium that will be a cornerstone to the community of Phibsborough for many years to come," said Dublin lord mayor Nial Ring.
"The report identifies option 3A as its preferred choice, which the club is in agreement with and welcomes as it meets all of our key requirements in terms of capacity, facilities, architectural design and also the need to provide community gain to Dublin 7 and beyond. It will receive the full support and backing of the club," said Bohs director Daniel Lambert.
Shels chairman Joe Casey said: "We are delighted to see the progress being made and look forward very much to playing our football in a modern purpose-built stadium".