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Go-ahead for new Louth GAA stadium

Louth GAA has been given the green light to build a new 14,000 capacity stadium in Dundalk, Ireland.

The new €12 million stadium will feature a covered seated stand accommodating 4,000 and in time the stand on the opposite side will hold a similar number.

Sheltered terrace cover will provide for 8,470 fans and a general standing area for 1,450 more. Eventually, Louth hope it will develop from a 9,000-capacity venue to 22,000.

Louth GAA is hoping to get €4 million from Croke Park and €4 million in the Sports Capital Grant in order to finance the development, as well as raising the remaining €4 million themselves.

Club chairman Peter Fitzpatrick told RTE Sport:

The task of finding a new home ground, one that suits our needs and helps us develop, has been going on since 1959.

This is the best news we have received in 50 or 60 years. I was manager when we lost to Meath in that 2010 Leinster final and yesterday’s news, in my mind, makes up for that defeat and the heartbreak we had that day. It’s been a long time coming and to be honest I never thought we would see it.

The ground will be built on a 14-acre site on the Inner Relief Road in Dundalk.