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Indoor Sporting Arena. Proposed Development. Size of building: 12,000m 2 The main functions of the facility are: the athletics arena the multi-sport arena the outdoor stand to serve the existing track

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proposed development
Proposed Development
  • Size of building: 12,000m2
  • The main functions of the facility are:
    • the athletics arena
    • the multi-sport arena
    • the outdoor stand to serve the existing track
  • There are also comprehensive support facilities for elite athlete training, medical facilities and café, general changing facilities
present situation
Present Situation
  • Lack of quality indoor facilities in Ireland
  • Extensive community needs
  • Lack of running track is a barrier to the development of athletics in the Athlone region for able-bodied and special needs athletes
  • Boost to AIT hosting of HSE Community Games National Finals
ngb support sought consultants
NGB Support Sought & Consultants
  • International athlete – Eamonn Coghlan
  • Athletics Ireland – John Foley, CEO
  • Football Association of Ireland – Paddy McCaul, President
  • Irish Institute of Sport – Gary Keegan
  • Westmeath/Leinster GAA – Tom Farrell
  • Athlone Town Council
public use
Public Use
  • AC Celtic FC
  • Roscommon AC, St Ronan’s AC
  • Buccaneers RFC
  • Westmeath GAA
  • All-army regional & national athletics finals
  • Connacht schools track & field
  • HSE Community Games
  • Athlone & District Schoolboy League squads
  • Connacht rugby u-20 development squad
  • Athletics Ireland development squads
  • Various county hurling and football teams

for friendly inter-county matches

event hosting
Event Hosting
  • Proven Ability & Facilities to Host & Manage Events
  • HSE Community Games National Finals hosts 2009-2012
  • Celtic Games, AAI Games hosts
  • Excellent car parking, catering, etc.
  • Central location of institute to all major transport routes
  • Athlone Hospital, Portiuncla Hospital, Tullamore Hospital, abundant sports physiotherapists
  • Airports: Knock 45mins, Dublin 1½hrs, Shannon 2hrs
justification for facility
Justification for Facility
  • First mover advantage – no comparable track or facility in Ireland
  • NGBs supporting this ambitious plan
  • Strong support of local and regional clubs
  • Complements AIT’s outdoor track and astro-turf pitch
  • Increases attractiveness of institute for students
  • Enhances facilities for existing students, staff and community
olympics 2012
Olympics 2012
  • Prime location for Olympic 2012 team training camps
  • General hospitals
  • Sports physiotherapists
  • Local and national transport services
  • Accommodation (abundant Section 50)
  • Access to airports
enhancement of existing facilities on campus
Enhancement of Existing Facilities on Campus
  • Multi-purpose sports hall
  • Fully equipped fitness suite
  • Aerobics/circuit training area
  • Full-size GAA and soccer pitches
  • IAAF-approved athletics track
  • FIFA 2-star artificial soccer pitch
  • Cross-country track
  • Lecture/meeting rooms
  • Extensive canteen facilities
  • Parking
  • Staff of the institute sports department to manage, maintain and market the new facilities
  • Available to community groups, schools, Rapid initiatives
main elements of building
Main Elements of Building
  • Indoor athletics track and field auditorium:
    • 200m banked running track
    • spectator seating for 1,500 persons
    • elevated athlete warm-up area with an 80m sprint track
  • Separate multipurpose indoor sports auditorium:
    • basketball/futsal, multi-sports
    • spectator seating for 1,500 persons
  • Potential for 3,500 spectators in concert setting
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Main Elements of Building
  • 500-person outdoor spectator stand overlooking the existing 400m outdoor track and field facility, with finish line control room
  • Ancillary accommodation including:
    • 10 changing room facilities
    • gymnasium
    • high-performance training rooms
    • recovery suite
    • medical centre and support rooms
    • café/restaurant
building materials
Building Materials
  • The materials of the building are primarily a palette of three high quality materials:
    • Portland concrete panel
    • green copper panel
    • thermally broken, solar glare-reducing double glazing
  • It is deliberately chosen to avoid metal panelling
environmental considerations
Environmental Considerations
  • The building incorporates all accepted passive and sustainable technology, including rainwater harvesting, high degrees of insulation
  • The main athletics arena is naturally lit to reduce running cost, with lights used rarely
  • The auditoriums are naturally ventilated. The preferred ambient temperature of a sports centre – 16 degrees – facilitates lowest possible energy use for a building of this type