Connacht Rugby have released plans for a €30 million redevelopment of the Sportsground that will see the capacity increased to 12,000.
An arrangement was reached with their co-tenants, the Irish Greyhound Board and the freehold owners of the Sportsground, the Galway Agricultural and Sports Society for the work to take place.
It is intended that the development will be funded through a combination of public funds, most notably through the Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund, and private funding.
The new stadium will include two stands on each side of the pitch with terraces behind the goals. The main stand will include the dressing rooms and corporate hospitality.
Rugby fixtures and greyhound racing events will continue to be staged at the venue while it will also be made available for the hosting of other sporting fixtures and events where such demand arises.
There will be a state-of-the-art high-performance training centre on site which will ensure co-location of Connacht Rugby’s training facilities and home stadium. This will include an indoor training pitch, treatments rooms, a strength and conditioning facility and administration and office space.
Local residents in Galway were contacted about the plans and a full public consultation will take place in the coming weeks. Planning permission will be submitted under the Government’s Large-Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund.