Ulster GAA chiefs have said that the revamp of Casement Park will happen.
Speaking to RTE Sport the Chairman of the Casement Park Project Board Tom Daly said “At one stage the original project was costed at over £80million. The final cost plan after we went to tender came in around £77million. “We are now in the scenario of a project that will be delivered five years late but we now see the cost moving to around £110million.”
This is probably due to the work carried out on Pairc Ui Chaoimh which also had a projected figure but it came close to 10 million more than what the Cork County Board expected. Indeed an article on RTE Sport reported that a report into the cost of Pairc Ui Chaoimh has an estimated figure of 95.8 million. A plan was put together in 2019 to revamp Casement Park in Belfast in 2009, but 10 years later nothing is done and the pitch and stadium is overgrowing and look unappealing to the eye. It was a plan for a 38,000 state of the art facility which would be able to host Ulster Finals. However, in 2014 the planning approval was upheld and they then had had three further revised plans for a 34,000 seater but this has also been left in the dark with no discussions. Which is a sad state of affairs.
The Chairman of the Casement Park board said that the stadium would be delivered 5 years late, he said “Some of the elements that go towards the additional cost would include some change in statutory regulations, construction inflation and so on”. Daly said the GAA would be putting 15 million towards the costs, while Stormont have said they will give over 62 million pounds. Daly said to RTE Sport he hopes the plans can be delivered and the Casement Park Project be completed in 2 and a half year. What we are hopeful of is a two and a half year delivery period. That’s what we remain focused on” he said.
It remains to be seen what will happen but things are up in the air at present.