Full Steam Ahead For National Indoor Arena

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, yesterday (July 17th) turned the sod on the National Indoor Arena, which will provide world-class indoor training facilities at the National Sports Campus in Blanchardstown.

Minister Donohoe said: ‘Long considered to be the missing piece in our national sporting infrastructure, I am delighted that the construction of the National Indoor Arena has now commenced and I look forward to seeing these works progress over the coming months. The development of the National Indoor Arena is very significant and will provide world-class indoor training facilities in which Irish athletes can train and prepare for international competitions. The Arena, which is due for completion in November 2016, will consist of three main indoor training centres:

· A National Indoor Athletics Training Centre, which will include a 200 metre track, sprint track, jump and throw areas and seating for up to 1,900 spectators

· A National Indoor Training Centre designed to cater for a wide range of sports; and

· A National Gymnastics Training Centre’.

“As one of the largest development projects of its kind in the country, this investment by the State will provide a variety of disciplines with the opportunity to showcase their sports and to host regional and national competitions in first-class settings. It will also fuel job creation with 250 jobs expected during construction stage.

“The development of the Arena demonstrates this Government’s commitment to Irish sport and to providing sporting facilities that will give our athletes every chance of succeeding at top levels internationally. I am particularly pleased that the High Performance Centre will be available to assist our elite athletes as they train, in their final year of preparation, for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.”


The National Indoor Arena (NIA) is due to be completed by November 2016 and it is hoped that Irish National Squads and Club teams will soon be in action in the venue shortly thereafter.

To see the handball setup in the NIA click here

To view the full architectural set up of the NIA click here

Exterior view of the National Indoor Arena.

Exterior view of the National Indoor Arena.