Tallaght Stadium set for expansion with plans for fourth stand
12 December 2018
Plans for a fourth stand and an upgrade of the West Stand at Tallaght Stadium were presented to South Dublin Council last night that would increase the stadium capacity to 10,000.
The home of Shamrock Rovers has recently completed its 2,195 seater South stand, meaning the Hoops will play to an 8,000 capacity stadium next season - effectively upgrading the stadium to UEFA Category 4 status, meaning it can now host Champions League games from the group stage onwards.
The new proposed 2,000 capacity stand would bring the overall number up to 10,000, with plans to also remodel the rear of the West stand, adding another floor above the Glenmalure suite, according to Extratime.ie .
The cost of the proposed development would total around €5 million, of which €500,000 is already committed.
Architects also confirmed at the presentation that a potential wraparound of the ground would be possible in the future.
At the same meeting a proposal to build elderly social housing apartments on a site located beside the stadium was approved - despite local opposition to the development of 81 apartments that will be located on a site at Watergate Sean Walsh Park.
There is currently a council depot and socially inclusive community gardens on the site - both will be moved to alternative locations.
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All 12 Tallaght councillors voted in favour of the Part 8 proposal and spoke about their decision during the meeting.
The development is being built through a partnership between SDCC and Cluid Housing.
The plans for the apartments would see two to four storey buildings, with 18 two bedroom units and 63 one bedroom units.
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A new access road would also be built off Whitestown Way and communal facilities would be built including an office, communal living room, wc's, laundry and mobility store.
Locals set up an online petition against the plans, and it has received over 2,000 signatures.
A meeting was also held by Tallaght Community Council last month that saw hundreds of people in attendance.