Stadium development

As agreed by the NI Executive, the Department has a Programme for Government responsibility to develop the three stadiums in the north – Ravenhill, Windsor Park and Casement Park


The redevelopment of Ravenhill began at the end of 2012 and the now Kingspan Stadium is complete. The new stadium has a capacity of 18,200. The Stadium was officially opened on 2 May 2014.

Plans included:

  • three new stands were built
  • memorial end stand provides seating for 2,500 and terracing for 1,350
  • aquinas end stand, seating 3,200
  • new grandstand to accommodate 3,200~
  • Ulster Rugby website

Windsor Park

The redevelopment of Windsor Park began on 6 May 2014 and is on track to be completed in October 2015.  The new stadium will have a capacity of 18,000.

The redevelopment project includes:

  • full replacement of the football surface and drainage
  • demolition of the South Stand
  • replacement of the South and East stands to provide modern spectator and media facilities
  • refurbishment of the seating in the North Stands and replacement of flood light mast with the new floodlighting integrated at roof height
  • Parallel to this project the Irish Football Association (IFA) are developing the West Stand
  • IFA website

Casement Park

The Ulster Council of the GAA intends to develop a regional stadium for Gaelic Games at Casement Park.

The business case is in place and the UCGAA are working together with the Department to take the project forward.

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