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Sod Turned on CIT Sports Arena and High-Performance Centre

Tánaiste Simon Coveney Turns Sod on CIT Sports Arena and High-Performance Centre

Monday June 22nd 2020

cit hp centre sod turning aTánaiste Simon Coveney, with Griffin Construction personnel at today's Sod Turning

This morning, the sod was turned on CIT's new €22m Sports Arena.
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Artist's impression of the new facility

This is the first stage in a two-phase programme to develop state-of-the-art sports facilities on the Cork campus.


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Artist's impression of the approach to the facility


Phase 1 is the construction of the Sports Arena, while phase two will see the construction of the Indoor Community and High-Performance sports facility.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney speaking after the sod Turning Ceremony


The 3,600 sq. metre building will contain a large multi-function hall, including incorporating two basketball courts, with seating for 400 spectotors, gym, public foyer including café pod, changing facilities areas, along with several and a series studios/rooms.

The 800 sq. metre gym will include 100 fitness machines, along with a strength and conditioning area.

The building is also intended as a venue for examination sittings, student concerts, higher education conferences, and teh like.

Phase 2 will see the development of the 3,500 sq. metre High-Performance Indoor Athletics Centre, featuring a large multi-event zone, with a 60m - 80 Sprint Track, and elite training laboratories, along with facilities for Field Events such as High Jump, Pole Vault, Long Jump and Triple Jump.

Speaking at the event, Hamish Adams, CEO of Athletics Ireland, said: “This investment by Government will deliver huge benefits for the sporting community in the southern region.”

Dr Barry O’Connor, CIT President, said: “This development will be a massive boost not only for athletics, but for all sport in Cork, the surrounding community and across Munster generally.”


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