Well Japan is up next.In future, the only way we will see a RWC on these shores is via a joint Welsh/Scottish bid I think. Until then, given available stadium and the required finances, we can look forward to the tournament being circulated continually amongst France, England, SA and Australia.
The bid relies on the use of a lot of GAA stadiums. There's only one Rugby stadium really meeting the criteria for the tournament and that's the Aviva in Dublin. The only stadium in NI capable of hosting any latter stage game is Casement Park, and it's presently still a concept on paper. There really isn't anywhere to direct the blame here. Ireland is a small place, and the bid put up the best it can offer. When compared with France, which is full of terrific stadiums, and South Africa, which is full of great stadiums developed for the football world cup in 2010. Ireland was always going to come up short in that regard.As someone not au fait with stadia and the state therein, what would be needed on a NI level to have been good?
If they managed to create it would that then put the ball in the Dublin government's court over investing there?
I guess it would have been worse in some ways if there were good stadia here but it was scuppered due to Dublin's lack of spending.
Yeah and they are apparently struggling, which is the reason for producing a report which was never going to favour our cause.Well Japan is up next.
Arguably the optimal goal should have only been to produce two great stadiums. The NI national soccer team and Ulster Rugby could have cohabitated in one stadium, ideally more centrally located than either of the present stadia. Of course there are other factors which would not have allowed that.I honestly haven’t followed the casement park saga too closely. What happened?
I can’t understand how our planning and political system managed to produce 2 great stadiums in the same time frame, but not the third.
I don't see the point of going through the process of creating a new application yet whenever the current one has not been decided.Could be the end of the road for the current casement plan:
I think a smaller stadium for Antrim GAA is the only option now. Even that should be at another site if you ask me.
Even if, by some miracle/act of madness, the project gets approved, it ain't going to be built. The NI government won't justify spending the money on a stadium given all the other issues its facing, there is no RWC to write the cost off against and financing the whole thing by themselves would bankrupt the GAA. The stadium proposed simply isn't economically viable.
The money has already been ring-fenced and has been for a considerable time. The money and political will is there to build it. It's one of a handful of projects specifically identified by the previous Executive as a priority.Even if, by some miracle/act of madness, the project gets approved, it ain't going to be built. The NI government won't justify spending the money on a stadium given all the other issues its facing, there is no RWC to write the cost off against and financing the whole thing by themselves would bankrupt the GAA. The stadium proposed simply isn't economically viable.
The application cannot be approved by the Council as it was called in by the Minister at the time when the Assembly was still sitting. The application is instead being considered by senior Civil Servants at the moment (due to the absence of a Minister) and there is apparently suppose to be a decision before the end of the year. Here's some more info around that from around 2 weeks ago - http://belfastmediagroup.com/casement-park-decision-due-by-the-end-of-year/Is this still waiting on Ministerial approval? Could Belfast City Council not just approve it themselves as they are able to do with a wide plethora of projects in the planning system?
Alternatively could Westminister give planning approval for this if Stormont isn't restored over the next few months?
Would be incredible for West Belfast and the city as a whole for tourism etc