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IFA opens new Education and Heritage Centre at National Football Stadium, Belfast, designed by Hamilton Sports Architects

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From left: Michael O’Neill and Pat Jennings
Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill and Northern Ireland goalkeeping legend Pat Jennings have cut the ribbon at the new Education and Heritage Centre at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast.

The aspiration for Windsor Park, designed by Hamilton Architects, was to create a new home for Northern Ireland football which would look at home on the international stage.

The redevelopment included refurbishment of the north stand, replacement of the south and east stands, installation of lower level lighting and a new headquarters for the Irish Football Association.

The education centre tells the unique story of Northern Ireland football using a variety of media, interactive displays and key artefacts from the 1880s to the present day.

Visitors are able to relive the atmosphere of famous nights, gain insights into the drama on and off the pitch and feel the rush of emotions shared by everyone inside the stadium - win, lose or draw.

The new centre also showcases the Irish FA’s vision of promoting, fostering and developing ‘football for all’ in Northern Ireland.