|Posted by Kevin Moore on August 30, 2011 at 8:10 AM|
THE University of Limerick can now truly call itself Ireland’s sporting campus after the development of a state-of-the-art, all-weather sports complex on the Clare Campus of the University was completed over the summer.
The new €9 million facility is the largest all-weather sports field complex in Europe. The fully-floodlit synthetic grass park contains third generation pitches including two soccer, one rugby and two GAA pitches.
Third generation all-weather surfaces pitches plays like that which have natural grass and are designed for full contact sports.
This synthetic surface is unlike most others as it reduces the risk of injuries caused by other hard or uneven surfaces, like knee ligament injuries.
Each full-size pitch can be sub-divided to create smaller-sized playing areas for various sports. This is the largest artificial grass development in Ireland to date designed to IRB, GAA and FIFA specifications.
In addition to the playing pitches, there is the new Pavilion Building which comprises of changing rooms, squad rooms, coaching rooms, together with bar, restaurant and conference facilities.
The Pavilion Building is expected to be opened this November. The whole facility is available to the general public as well as the campus community.
From Thomond Student Times