who_me wrote:Interesting, thanks. I'd assume that image is just a rough guide, but at least it shows the plans are ambitious, which I like!
From the first image, it seems the new stand extends about 2/3 of the way around the pitch, is that correct? Is that because of the Marina & Atlantic Pond behind that end of the ground?
Sorry the size of the upload is so small. i have attached a larger image here, and a more detailed explanation of each part as the text on the image is too small.
The light blue going around 2/3 to 3/4 of the ground is a "15m wide spectator circulation". it does stop at the atlantic pond end, which i find a little strange. Perhaps it isn't part of the stadium as such, and the existing parking area behind the blackrock terrace will perform a similar function for the new stadium?
The new two-tier stand is the red structure, with capacity increasing to 16500 (up 7043).
Article states that phase one is construction of this stand, creation of all-weather pitch with floodlights and covered 1000 seater stand on the monaghan road/south side, coloured pink on the image.
Article further states that phase 2 is the replacement of the uncovered stand and both terraces. From a pure spectators point of view, this is the news with which i am most happy. I had feared they would only refurbish the other 3 sides, and anyone who has been on a full terrace in PuiC knows how dangerous they are. Article states that capacity of stand will increase from 10000 to 11000, while capacity of terraces will both decrease by 758 to 11250.
The City End Terrace is partly coloured yellow on the picture. There is small print in the picture stating that "Marina Hall to be acquired", (and i assume demolished). Whether this is for a deeper terrace, for the circulation area, or both is unclear.
Article states "pitch itself will not be changed"
The red lines to the north mark a new road, (i assume a diversion of the path which currently follows the old railway line) 7.35m wide.
175m of the stream there is to be culverted.
The yellow areas to the east and west of the training pitch show a "vendor, ticket and programme sales area" and "landscaped access routes". Some of this area appears to now be sold to the GAA, while another area west of the city end terrace is to be "licensed to Pairc Ui Chaoimh".
Article says "a portion of land will also be identified for possible parking use, that could be leased to the GAA and developed, at their cost, into a carpark". Hard to know if this or the training pitch is the worst news from a public park point of view, but i suppose it could be ok if it was landscaped appropriately and accessible to park-users to park on on non-match days.