Premier Division Bohemians have welcomed news that €918,750 of government funding has been allocated by the Department of Sport for the Dalymount Park project.
The cash boost of €918,750 ‘will pave the way for architects, engineers and a design team to work alongside project managers’.
The Gypsies are due to share Dalymount Park with northside rivals Shelbourne – with a ground-share at Tolka Park expected prior to both club’s move into the Phibsborough venue.
A statement from Bohemians read; “Bohemian FC welcomes today’s announcement of funding which facilitates the progression of the Dalymount Park redevelopment to phase two of the project.
“The government grant of €918,750 paves the way to appoint architects, engineers and a design team to work alongside project managers.
“The redevelopment of Dalymount Park, projected to cost €34.3million, in conjunction with the proposed redevelopment of Phibsborough Shopping Centre, offers a unique opportunity to develop a community-owned sporting and cultural space in the heart of Dublin 7 for generations to come.”
The statement added; “Bohemian FC look forward to continuing to work closely with all the relevant stakeholders – namely Dublin City Council, local residents and Shelbourne FC – over the coming years to see this project to completion.
“Dalymount Park has been our home for 119 years but regular sell-out crowds last season and unprecedented season ticket sales/new members this year show that Bohemian FC has outgrown its current capacity.
“The stadium’s redevelopment is key to the club’s ability to maximise its potential for growth going forward, while the community facilities envisaged for the project will be of incalculable benefit to the wider north Dublin 7.
“Bohemian FC wishes to put on record our sincere gratitude for the continued cross-party support of our local representatives, our members and supporters and also that of the local community since Dublin City councillors voted unanimously to purchase the ground in 2015.”