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Athlone IT International Arena Hailed by Sporting Legends
Senator Eamonn Coghlan has hailed the new indoor athletics arena at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) as the “best news story in Irish athletics history”.
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John Foley, CEO of Athletics Ireland, commented that: “The new facility will prove to be an invaluable resource in the development of track and field in Ireland. Each year we see our athletes travel abroad to compete in indoor events and now we have a facility which can stand side-by-side with the best indoor tracks in Europe.”
The International Arena is part of a comprehensive programme of investment in AIT which has exceeded €115 million since the start of the millennium. While much of the funding has come from the Exchequer, the vast majority of the €10 million spend for the arena has been raised directly by AIT. The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport awarded €737,500 in funding towards the construction of the facility in 2012 under the Special Athletics Tracks Initiative.
The International Arena has a footprint of 6,818m2 and an overall building floor area of 9,715m2. Some 850 tonnes of structural steel and 50,000 concrete blocks went into the construction of the facility which can house 2,000 spectators.
The official opening of the arena will take place next month, prior to the hosting of the Athletics Ireland Senior Indoor Championships on 16-17 February.
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