Everything to play for at Ballymena Showgrounds thanks to new masterplan for 6,500 capacity stadium

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An ambitious masterplan to turn Ballymena Showgrounds into a 6,500-capacity stadium has been submitted to planners by Hamilton Architects.

The masterplan, on behalf of Mid and East Antrim Council, is currently out to public consultation and includes:

  • One covered stand with a capacity of 1,512 at the ‘Fisherwick End’ of the stadium
  • One uncovered stand with a capacity of 1,400 with standing/rail seating capability at the Warden Street end of the arena
  • The covered stand would incorporate a fitness suite, function rooms & offices to enhance on-site provision for Ballymena United and any potential Irish FA Centre of Excellence
  • Alterations to the existing stands to incorporate enhanced media & VIP provision
  • A new hybrid grass playing surface to aid grass recovery and maximise its usage
  • High quality artificial pitches to intermediate league standard with covered spectator stands
  • High-quality grass pitches to facilitate Ballymena United training
  • A central boulevard from the main car park to access the arena, incorporating a hard surface ‘fan zone’ area to facilitate food provision and merchandise
  • A covered 3G pitch inside a covered dome to facilitate all-weather, indoor training, which can be viewed from a social space/gallery area within the new ‘Fisherwick End’ stand

Mid and East Antrim Council hopes Stormont funding can be secured for the multifaceted project, which could also provide a home of an Irish FA Centre of Excellence for women’s football in Northern Ireland.