In October 2018 Connacht Rugby announced historic plans to redevelop The Sportsground into a modern, fit-for-purpose rugby stadium with a state-of-the-art High Performance Centre. Construction began in 2022 and is divided into three phases.
The redevelopment began in May 2022 with the installation of a new synthetic playing surface and floodlight system.
Construction works took approximately six months, with the new pitch delivered on-time and ready for our first home game of the season against Munster on Friday 7th October.
This new surface is instrumental in the club retaining The Sportsground as our playing and training base for the long-term, and allows provides for more Club & School fixtures to be played at the home of Connacht Rugby.
Phase 1 was finished in November when, during the Autumn Internationals, a new LED floodlight system was installed. These new floodlights will dramatically improve both the match-day experience for our supporters, and the TV experience for those watching at home.
Phase 2 includes the construction of a High-Performance Centre and new North Stand with the procurement process taking approximately six months, prior to the commencement of a two-year construction programme in 2023.
Construction will begin with the build of the new High-Performance Centre consisting of a new indoor training pitch as well as state-of-the-art athlete and staff facilities.
Upon completion, work will then immediately begin on the new North Stand. This Stand will replace the existing Clan Terrace and will consist of a mixture of standing, seated and hospitality options with top-class facilities for players, supporters, partners and media. The North Stand will have a capacity of over 7,000 supporters and is currently scheduled to be completed in time for the 2025/26 season.
The third and final phase involves the redevelopment of the Main Stand. The existing terrace will be extended, replacing the current Grant Thornton Seated Stand.
A timeline for the commencement of Phase 3 will be confirmed following the completion of Phase 2.
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The redevelopment of The Sportsground with the support of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.