Opening of the new Dalymount Park in Dublin, Ireland, which will be home to Bohemians and Shelbourne football clubs, has been pushed back to 2023.
Plans for the newly renovated 6,000-seater, UEFA category 3 stadium were unveiled last week.
Dublin City Council (DCC) said the new Dalymount Park would be a municipal stadium and include a library, flexible community space and meeting rooms, as well as concourse space at ground level which can be utilised for community activities and events on non-matchdays.
The culmination of this stage of the process has been the release of the feasibility report by Wrenbridge Sport, which was commissioned by DCC. Bohemians said in a statement:
The report identifies the preferred redevelopment option, which the Bohemian Football club is in agreement with and welcomes as it meets all of our key requirements in terms of capacity, facilities, architectural design and also the need to provide community gain to Dublin 7 and beyond. It will receive the full support and backing of our club.
Now that we have a clear and financially costed vision for the new Dalymount Park, it enables us to enter the final phase of this project: securing appropriate funding.
We envisage this being provided for mainly through two Central Government funding sources: the Urban Regeneration Fund (URF) and the Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund.
We now call upon government to allocate this funding to Dalymount Park, which will be an asset to the entire city for generations to come.
Bohemians will remain in Dalymount Park for the next two seasons, before sharing Tolka Park with rivals Shelbourne in 2021 and 2022.
The two teams will then move into the newly developed Dalymount together the following year.