Ireland’s Sporting Campus
The University of Limerick Arena, located on campus, is Ireland’s largest indoor sports complex.
Open since 2002, it consists of the National 50m Swimming Pool which is the only water facility in Ireland which has the approval of FINA, the international swimming body, and is the first in the country to be built to Olympic standards.
The Arena’s Indoor Sports Hall comprises 3,600 square metres laid out with four wood-sprung courts, catering for a variety of sports, a sprint track, an international 400m athletics track, and a 200m three-lane suspended jogging track. The facility also has a state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength training centre, a weight-training room, team rooms, an aerobics studio and classroom areas. The Arena is often used by the Munster rugby team.
University of Limerick All Weather Sports Complex
UL’s reputation as Ireland’s Sporting Campus was further enhanced with the development of a state-of-the-art, all-weather sports complex on the Clare Campus of the University. The new €9 million facility is the largest all-weather sports field complex in Europe. This multi-purpose, fully floodlit synthetic grass park contains third generation pitches including two soccer, one rugby and one GAA pitch. Third generation all-weather surfaces plays like natural grass and are designed for full contact. Each full-size pitch can be sub-divided to create smaller-sized playing areas for various sports. This is the largest artificial grass development in Ireland to date designed to I.R.B., G.A.A. and F.I.F.A. specifications. Training and especially matches can now be accommodated in all weathers and at all times on the University of Limerick’s latest state of the art Sports facility.
Player comfort is a priority and this synthetic surface is unlike most others as it reduces the risk of injuries caused by other hard or uneven surfaces. In addition to new playing fields, the Sports Pavilion Building contains changing rooms, squad rooms and coaching rooms, together with bar, restaurant and conference facilities.
The playing pitches opened in July 2011 with the Sports Pavilion expected to open in November 2011. This exciting new facility is available to the general public as well as the campus community. In addition to these developments, conventional playing fields; tennis courts; an astro-turf pitch, an outdoor athletics track, and the University Boathouse are situated on the Limerick side of the river. The boathouse facility includes Ireland’s only indoor rowing tank, which can accommodate up to 8 rowers at a time. This unique feature has the capacity to simulate various water conditions providing varied training opportunities for rowers in order to achieve international standards. The building also includes a launch jetty to the river Shannon, pontoon and a café area.
Campus Accommodation – Available for Sports Teams 25th May – 31st August 2013
2400 rooms in charming village residences
Accommodation is available in 5 charming residential villages offering a total of 2400 rooms, all equipped with internet access. Each village has its own distinct character and is located in an attractive landscaped environment. The modern complexes offer 1500 en suite rooms sharing a large kitchen/lounge area in each apartment and 900 standard rooms in comfortable houses. Full daily cleaning and self-catering service options are available to suit the budget for any event. Guests can enjoy a continental breakfast delivered to the residence daily, which provides an opportunity for participants to stay and meet each other in a relaxed atmosphere of the apartment.