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Hamilton Sports Design Plays a Global Game

Partners (left to right) Mark Haslett, Seamus McCloskey and Paul Millar
Hamilton Sports Design, Ireland’s premier sport stadia designer, attending Soccerex. Partners (left to right) Mark Haslett, Seamus McCloskey and Paul Millar.
Soccerex 2016 brought together 3,000 representatives of the global football industry from 80 countries for three days of insight, networking and business.

Hamilton’s, the only Northern Ireland company on show, are the design brains behind Kingspan Rugby Stadium and the new National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.

Mark Haslett, who designed Windsor, attended along with Partners Seamus McCloskey, who has designed most of the island’s greyhound and horse racing stadia, and conservation specialist Paul Millar.

“Manchester is the global capital city of football, so it was a fitting venue for an event which delivers a unique business insight across a variety of key sectors, including stadium development,” said Mark.

“It was reassuring to confirm that Hamilton Sports Design is right up there with the best in terms of our expertise and experience. It was also good to meet in person a number of key contacts who may open doors for us globally.”

Soccerex’s programme included a number of workshops on the latest technological developments for stadia as well as networking opportunities for potential new business leads.

Guests included representatives from Panathinaikos, Monchengladbach, Arsenal, Everton, Manchester City, Man Utd, Liverpool, Juventus, AC Milan, Danish Football League, Qatar Stars League and Romanian Football Federation.

Northern Ireland’s National Football Stadium, which opens officially this month, is a state of the art UEFA category 4, 18,000 capacity all-seated stadium capable of hosting major international, national and domestic football fixtures.

The redevelopment has included refurbishment of the North Stand, replacement of the South and East Stands, and a new headquarters for the Irish Football Association.

Kingspan Stadium, the home of Ulster Rugby, was also designed by Hamilton Sports Design. This award-winning exemplar stadium accommodates up to 18,000 spectators with Family Stand, Memorial Stand, and team training facility comprising a double height gym, seminar rooms and a TV studio.

Other sports projects by Hamilton’s include stadiums for horse and dog racing in Dundalk, Drumbo, Lifford and Limerick, a flagship Grandstand Pavilion for the home of National Hunt Racing at Punchestown, and a masterplan for the redevelopment of Curragh Racecourse.

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Seamus McCloskey, Partner at Hamilton Sports Design, discusses modern stadia with Mr Jet Li, Head of Sports, Department for International Trade, China, at the Soccerex exhibition in Manchester.
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Hamilton Sports Design Partners Mark Haslett (front left) and Paul Millar attend a workshop on stadia of tomorrow at Soccerex in Manchester.