Connacht GAA is getting ready to build what it says will be the biggest indoor sports air dome in the world, at the Association’s GAA Centre of Excellence in Bekan, Co Mayo.
The air dome will cause €3million and will contain a full-size GAA pitch and will be 26 metres high, which will enable it to accommodate hurling.
The pitch dimensions, 130m x 80m , would make it similar in size to McHale Park in Castlebar. There will also be a gym, running track and seating for 600 people.
Funding of €2.1 million towards the cost is being provided by the Department of Rural and Community Development with the remainder to come from exisiing Connacht GAA funds.
While it’s envisaged that the air dome will be mainly used for Connacht GAA’s coaching and games development programmes, in adverse weather, there will be option to stage competitive games there such as a Connacht FBD League game.
The Connacht GAA secretary John Prenty spoke to Ocean FM Sport about what the air dome will look lke, and how much it will cost.
The target date for completion of the new air dome is December this year.