Windsor Redesign Takes Football to the Next Level Declares First Minister at Official Opening

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From Left: Paul Given, Marco Van Basten, Martin McGuinness, Gianni Infantino, Arlene Foster, David Martin.
The redeveloped Northern Ireland National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, designed by Hamilton Sports Design, has been officially opened.

The opening, which took place at the Northern Ireland v San Marino World Cup qualifying match, was attended by Partner Paul Millar, along with the First and Deputy First Ministers and FIFA officials.

The 18,500 all-seated, state of the art UEFA category 4 stadium is capable of hosting international, national and domestic football fixtures.

It boasts a redeveloped and refurbished North Stand, new South and East Stands, and a new headquarters for the Irish Football Association.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino unveiled a plaque to mark the opening while First Minister Arlene Foster described the transformation as "remarkable".

"Northern Ireland, along with first class fans, now has a truly first class venue as its home of football," said Mrs Foster. "There is no doubt that the Euro 2016 finals were transformative for Northern Ireland football and this wonderful new facility is reflective of our pride and ambition to take the team to the next level."

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said: "In France this summer, Michael O'Neill and his team proved they were a class act both on and off the pitch and I'm delighted they now have a world class stadium to match.

"Sport has the ability to break down barriers on and off the pitch and the IFA deserves great credit for its tireless efforts to rid sport of sectarianism, racism and homophobia. Their work goes beyond the gates of Windsor Park and ripples out into wider society building friendships and the community."

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From Left: David Martin, Paul Given, Gianni Infantino.
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Gianni Infantino, FIFA President, officially opens Windsor Park.
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