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Ballymena Showgrounds Consultation

Ballymena Showgrounds Plan

The purpose of this consultation is to hear the view of users and local people with an interest in the development of sport, which will help us shape the plans that will be submitted as part of our formal planning application.

The period for public consultation will take place over a 12 week period beginning on 21 June 2021.

Development Proposals

This public consultation is focusing on the redevelopment of Ballymena Showgrounds aspect of the MEA United vision and is detailed as follows:

  • Upgraded Hybrid Playing Surface
  • Two New Spectator Stands
  • New fitness centre, office, community and function spaces
  • Minor Alterations to Seating and internal accommodation of existing stands
  • New Floodlighting
  • Comprehensive sports masterplan for the site to include:
  • New boulevard entrance
  • Fanzone
  • New Digital turnstiles
  • Enclosed artificial multisport pitch and changing facilities
  • Upgrading existing pitches to Intermediate League standard including two 250 person spectator stands
  • New maintenance building
  • Upgraded landscaping and parking provision
  • The upgrades will increase the Stadium capacity from 3694 to approx. 6500

Development Plans and Images

Site location plan:

Site masterplan:

CGI images:

Community Benefits

Sport, particularly football within Mid and East Antrim, plays a key role in ensuring active healthy lifestyles and community participation and engagement.

The enhancements to the showgrounds facilities will bring them up to a higher standard in line with UEFA category 3 Stadia, allowing a greater ability to host a range of international level competition as well as build on existing hubs which will increase and enhance community participation and involvement across academy and youth teams through to senior men’s and women’s club and international football.

The MEA United’s Vision not only benefits local football and our community but also offers huge potential for the future of football right across Northern Ireland following the three main strategies of the Irish FA Five Year Plan 2017-2022, Sport NI Corporate Plan and the Irish FA Youth Strategy 2105-2025 which set out the regional vision to which MEA United aligns with and can benefit long term.

For detailed information on the MEA United Strategic Football Plan and benefits the strategy will bring to the region please read the document below:

Comments are also welcome on the MEA United Strategic Football Plan.

Have your say

If you would like to participate in this public consultation process, we will be holding an online webinar at 6.30pm on 19 August 2021.

If you would like to take part please register your interest via the link below:

Register Now

Comments on the proposals are welcome by emailing:

Alternatively, written submissions can be forwarded by post clearly marked “Ballymena Showgrounds Redevelopment” to:

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
The Braid
1-29 Bridge Street
BT43 5EJ

The deadline for submissions is 4pm on 17 September 2021.