The Irish Greyhound Board has announced the appointment of Indecon Economic Consultants to undertake a comprehensive, strategic review into the future needs of its 16 licensed stadia following a competitive tender process.
And the review includes the Kilkenny track at St James Park on the Freshford Road in the city.
The review, announced in September last and an integral part of the IGB’s Strategic Plan 2018-2022, will provide an assessment of stadium infrastructure and financial sustainability, along with detailed recommendations regarding the 16 licensed stadia.
A completed overall report is expected later this year.
The brief for the study includes:
Assessment of the infrastructure, services available and standard of facilities at all 16 licenced greyhound stadia in Shelbourne Park, Kilkenny, Curraheen Park, Youghal, Limerick, Tralee, Galway, Mullingar, Waterford, Newbridge, Longford, Clonmel, Thurles, Dundalk, Enniscorthy and Lifford.
* A financial assessment of the future sustainability of each individual track.
* An analysis of population catchments and access arrangements for each individual greyhound track.
An analysis of racing schedules for each greyhound stadium.
* An assessment of any impact arising from availability of breeders or trainers within the catchment area.
* An analysis of relevant competing sporting facilities within the catchment area.
* Recommendations regarding the appropriate industry footprint for the future including detailed recommendations regarding individual stadia.
Dr Ronnie O’ Toole, Indecon, said that Indecon was looking forward to compiling this strategic review into the future needs of each greyhound stadium within the Republic of Ireland.
“The review will be tasked with making recommendations for the future of the Irish greyhound industry as a whole,” he added. “We look forward to engaging with all stakeholders with an interest in the greyhound industry in Ireland.”
CEO of the Irish Greyhound Board, Gerard Dollard, said stadia will be assessed on an individual and collective basis in several different areas, including finance, population catchment and other competing sporting facilities near each stadium.
“The greyhound industry, like lots of other industries, has had to change and adapt in a number of different ways in recent years,” he suggested. “This review, which is a big step forward in the implementation of the IGB’s five year strategic plan, will progress the industry’s footprint for the future.”
Stakeholders within the industry will also be consulted within this independent review.
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