Stadium Design

In the 1980's the GAA decided to investigate ways to increase the capacity of Croke Park. As a result the design for an 80,000 capacity stadium with a three-tier design was completed in 1991.

The redevelopment of Croke Park allowed for a main concourse, a premium level incorporating hospitality facilities such as restaurants, bars and conference areas and finally an upper concourse. The project was split into four phases.

Four Phases of Redevelopment 1993 - 2005

Croke Park Redevelopment - Cusack Stand

Phase One - The Cusack Stand

Phase one of the Croke Park redevelopment began in 1993 with the demolition of the old Cusack Stand. By summer 1995 the new Cusack Stand became part of the Dublin skyline. Completed in 1997, this new Cusack Stand is 180m long, 35m high, has a capacity for 25,000 people and contains 46 hospitality suites.

As more of a stand-alone project, in mid-1998 a major high technology Museum incorporating numerous items of GAA memorabilia was opened underneath the Cusack Stand.

Phase Two - The Canal End Terrace

Phase two started in late 1998 with the demolition of the Canal End Terrace and extension of the new stand completed in time for the 2000 All Ireland finals. In April 2006 The Canal End was renamed the Davin Stand, in honour of Maurice Davin, the first president of the GAA.

This phase also saw the creation of a tunnel which was later named the Ali tunnel in honour of Muhammad Ali and his fight in Croke Park.

Phase Three - The Hogan Stand

Phase three saw the building of the new Hogan Stand which completed the stadium's famous 'horseshoe' effect. This required a greater variety of spectator categories to be accommodated including general spectators, corporate patrons, VIPs, broadcast and media services and operations staff.

Extras included a fitted-out mezzanine level for VIPs along with a top-level press media facility.

Phase Four - Hill 16

After the 2003 Special Olympics, construction began in September on the final phase, replacing the old Hill 16 and Nally Stands with modern terraces that increased the capacity of the stadium to 82,300.This final phase was completed and the new Dineen Hill 16 and Nally Terrace were officially opened by former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in March 2005.
 

The entire redevelopment of the Stadium cost approx €260 million.