15 Dec 2018
UCD’s Director of Student Services & Facilities, Mr. Dominic O’Keeffe, today announced the planned installation of a new internationally certified playing surface at the UCD Hockey Stadium.
“We are delighted to announce the resurfacing of the main pitch at our Hockey Stadium which has reached the end of its lifespan after providing our students with fantastic sporting moments and memories over the past 20 years,” – Mr. Dominic O'Keeffe, UCD's Director of Student Services and Facilities.
UCD & Irish International Hockey Players Hannah McLoughlin, Clodagh Cassin and Elena Tice enjoying each other’s company at the announcement overlooking the UCD Hockey Satdium.
The current playing surface has hosted numerous club, community, domestic and international games over its 23 year life span. The surface has been repaired on multiple occasions over its lifetime, with its most recent repair occurring over 10 years ago.
In the main, the surface is used by the UCD Men’s and Ladies Hockey Clubs, accounting for approx. two men’s teams and eight ladies teams. Ladies Hockey in UCD is quantifiably the number one female sport in South Dublin, followed closely by Ladies Gaelic Football. The club is notably one of the strongest and most successful clubs in Ireland.
The new innovative playing surface is planned for installation over a 8 week window this coming April/May (2019) with the aspiration of facilitating club and international fixtures from June onward. The surface is FIH globally approved and designed with a yarn that’s playable with or without watering. The evenness and the non-directional yarn structure will make this pitch perfectly suited to the modern 3D hockey game.
The news was favourably welcomed by current UCD & Irish International Hockey players Hannah McLoughlin, Clodagh Cassin and Elena Tice. Tice was a member of Ireland's heroic squad last summer which also included seven more Belfield graduates, most of whom benefitted from the University’s Ad Astra scholarship system, which supports students who excel in academics and sport.
“We are surrounded by passionate young people who opt to break boundaries by succeeding on the field and in the classroom, and we hope our investment mirrors their level of ambition.” - Dominic O'Keeffe, UCD's Director of Student Services and Facilities.