Irish Football Association submit planning application to redevelop Windsor Park

The home of Northern Ireland football is set to undergo a £29.2 million redevelopment with the aid of British government funds
The Irish Football Association (IFA) have announced that they have formally submitted a planning application which will see Windsor Park accommodate up to 18,000 spectators.

Windsor Park is the home of Irish Premiership champions Linfield but it is also used by the Northern Ireland international team. Work will commence in September 2013 and the cost of redevelopment is expected to cost in the region of £29.2 million, with the British government supplying £25.2 million in funds.

Speaking at the announcement, IFA Chief Executive Patrick Nelson said that he is 'delighted' with the news, adding that the new stadium would be one that would make people 'proud'.
"We had made it a key target to have our planning application submitted by this date and I am delighted that we have achieved this," he said.

"The design for our redeveloped National Stadium truly is impressive, and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to give their thoughts and ideas to us during the community consultation process.

"I know that the new Windsor Park will be a stadium that we will all be proud of," concluded Nelson.