Bohemians have this afternoon released a club statement after reports today seemed to suggest that plans to redevelop Dalymount Park could be affected by a dispute between landowners and a nearby supermarket.
— Bohemian Football Club (@bfcdublin) April 9, 2019
The Gypsies, who currently sit second in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division, are set to benefit from stadium owners Dublin City's Council plans to develop a 6,000 capacity, all-seater facility at their Phibsborough home which is planned to be completed by 2023.
Plans drew up in October last year, would see the proposed new structure be upgraded to UEFA Category 3 status and complete with community facilities, including a library, flexible community space and meeting rooms.
However, a dispute between Tesco, who occupy much of the adjoining Phibsborough Shopping Centre and land owners MM Capital about the redevelopment of the retail site has caused concern that a re-design of the stadium may well be needed.
The board at Bohs moved to update stakeholders on what they call the current "impasse" and assuring that they have been kept up to speed on matters.
Dublin City Council’s identified preferred conceptual redesign of Dalymount Park included a main entrance and civic space via lands owned by MM Capital (Phibsborough Shopping Centre).
We have had continuous positive engagement with MM Capital since 2015 around the integrated design of the adjoining sites.
As reported today, a rights-of-way dispute between Tesco and MM Capital puts the redevelopment of the shopping centre at risk.
Bohemian FC was fully aware of this potential impasse and it was communicated to club members and discussed at our recent AGM.
Statement from Bohemian FC
Bohemians have played at Dalymount since 1901 and from next year on will share the stadium with fellow Northside club Shelbourne FC, who will leave their Drumcondra home, Tolka Park.