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Stadium Project

ON Tuesday 6 May 2014, work began on the redevelopment of the National Football Stadium for Northern Ireland at  Windsor Park.

The stadium project, due to be completed in October 2015, will have a capacity of over 18,000 seats.

  • The redevelopment project includes: 
  • full replacement of the football surface and drainage;
  • demolition of the South Stand; 
  • replacement of the South and East stands to provide modern spectator and media facilities;
  • refurbishment of the seating in the West and North Stands and replacement of flood light mast with the new floodlighting integrated at roof height.

The new headquarters for the Irish Football Association will be in the East Stand and in the South Stand our international match day, corporate hospitality and conference facilities will be located.

THE IFA Stadium Development Company Limited is delighted to announce the appointment of Louise Doyle as Director, National Football Stadium.

Louise will take up her position on 1 April 2015 and will be the senior staff member responsible for the delivery of all services at the National Football Stadium.  Louise has been working for the SDC in a temporary capacity through Eventsec since October 2014 and has already contributed significantly to the operational plans for the stadium.

Louise will report to the CEO, and will join the IFA group’s senior leadership team (SLT).  She will work closely with all other directors, in particular Oonagh O’Reilly on sales and marketing matters, and Greg Shields on football operations.

Louise has always worked in the venue and events business, and has a degree in Leisure and Tourism Management from the University of North London (now London Metropolitan University).  Most notably, she worked for Wembley Stadium prior to its rebuilding, and then for several years worked as Senior Event Manager at the Odyssey Arena here in Belfast.

Louise has also worked on many stadium shows including the Bruce Springsteen World Tour, and with acts such as Beyonce, Pink and One Direction.  She also managed the Stormont family event for the Giro D’Italia last year.