Another option

While the row continues about how the sites for the national stadium were assessed it appears that another option was not fully explored, the upgrade of the three existings sites. In a written answer, DCAL Minister Poots said:

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) has not carried out an appraisal of the cost of upgrading (1) Windsor Park (2) Ravenhill and (3) Casement Park

Full answer.

Upgrading of Sports Venues
Mr Nelson McCausland asked the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure if his Department has carried out an appraisal of the cost of upgrading (1) Windsor Park (2) Ravenhill and (3) Casement Park and if so, what are those costs likely to be. (AQW 866/07) Mr Poots: The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) has not carried out an appraisal of the cost of upgrading (1) Windsor Park (2) Ravenhill and (3) Casement Park as this is primarily a matter for the owners of the venues, ie Linfield FC/Irish Football Association (IFA), the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU)/Ulster Rugby and the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) respectively. However, DCAL, together with Sport Northern Ireland (SNI) and the Strategic Investment Board (SIB), is currently in discussion with the owners of these stadia about their future facility requirements and the related cost implications.


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