Plans for €12m indoor athletics arena in Cork

Plans for €12m indoor athletics arena in Cork
The layout of the new sports arena at Cork Institute of Technology's Bishopstown campus.

ATHLETICS Ireland is hoping to develop a €12.3m indoor high-performance athletics facility at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) which will include a running track.

An application has been made for funding under the Department of Transport, Sport and Tourism’s Large Scale Infrastructure Fund (LLSIF) fund and is an extension of CIT plans for a two-storey multi-purpose sports arena at its Bishopstown campus which will include eight courts, fitness studios, a health and fitness facility and dressing rooms.

The Athletics Ireland extension would provide an indoor running track, pole vault and jump facilities.

Athletics Ireland CEO Hamish Adams said the plans would be a “massive boost” for Cork sport.

“We’ve got an application in for €12.3m funding for a project we want to develop in conjunction with CIT,” Mr Adams told The Echo.

“CIT is proceeding with a new gym in the next few months and we want to extend that to include a new sports hall, pole vault area, long jump and high jump areas and a running track. It’s a huge development and it would be a massive boost for sport in Cork, not only athletics but all sport within the college and the local community,” Mr Adams added.

CIT will host the 68th Cork City Sports International Athletics meet on Wednesday, August 14.

Athletes from the USA, Australia, Ethiopia, The Bahamas, Jamaica, South Africa, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Sweden, Spain, Japan, Canada, Kenya, England, Poland, France, Hungary, Bulgaria, Germany and Slovenia will be attracted to the event which includes throws, jumps, sprints and middle-distance events.

This year’s title sponsor is BAM Ireland and its CEO Theo Cullinane said it will be a “fantastic occasion”.

“For almost 70 years it has been a spectacle that has brought world-class athletes to the city and it is important for business to support the community in which they operate,” Mr Cullinane added.

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