Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena
Shortlisted for a 2020 Irish Construction Excellence (ICE) Award in the ‘Specialist or Specialist Services Contract,’ The Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena is a new flagship facility at the National Sports Campus. This fully accessible, multi-sport and multi-purpose arena in Dublin is the newest of its kind in Europe.
The facility will enable over 20 different sports to access world-class training and competition facilities, and will help drive the development of Irish sport into the future.
The overall facility is split into three smaller arenas:
- National Indoor Training Centre (NITC)
Multi-use sports hall, bleacher seating for approximately 1,500 spectators, changing rooms, café, kitchen facilities and storage, building energy centre and conference suites.
- National Indoor Athletics Training Centre (NIATC)
IAAF Compliant banked hydraulic track, six-lane 200m and five lane 110m sprint tracks, an infield event area, fixed seating for approximately 400 spectators, storage, media workrooms, commentators room, timing and officials rooms, first aid room and management and administration offices.
- National Gymnastics Training Centre (NGTC)
Gymnastics hall, changing rooms, viewing gallery, press offices and ancillary offices.
The facility also includes The National Indoor Arena which provides permanent indoor world class facilities for the GAA, Soccer and IRFU. It includes a full size indoor rugby pitch, which is to IRFU standards, and an Elite Fitness Conditioning Centre with Hydrotherapy pool. The National Indoor Arena Covered Pitches are world-class training facilities comprising of a full-sized covered soccer pitch, synthetic rugby pitch and changing rooms.
Built to the highest world class standards and specification, the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena will ensure that Ireland has the best facility for indoor sport events, which can be used by Irish Sporting Bodies, high performance athletes and the general public.
Work on the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena was completed by Riverside Mechanical, who completed key components of Design and Build, as well as the mechanical and electrical services. They worked alongside The Buckingham Group who acted as the projects main contractor.
The facility officially opened in June 2019 and was opened by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as part of Project Ireland 2040.
Winners of the 2020 ICE Awards will be decided on Saturday 28th March 2020. The ICE Awards are the original premier recognition of performance excellence for the contracting sector in Ireland. They provide an opportunity for the industry to showcase and reward best practice across the full range of construction disciplines and project categories.