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Political Maze | Siting Northern Ireland’s national stadium

Posted By John Turnbull On 21 November 2005 @ 02:16 In Regions | No Comments

Belfast, Northern Ireland | A survey concludes that Northern Ireland supporters prefer a national sports stadium in central Belfast [1] rather than at the proposed Maze prison site outside town. An alphabet soup of government bodies, however, has cited police concerns about locating an £85 million venue within Belfast, where it could attract swarms of Gaelic Games attendees during loyalist marching season in July and August. Some government ministers have also insisted on the Maze site, believing that “a 42,000-capacity stadium will become not only a home for Ulster rugby, soccer and Gaelic sports but will be a major rock and pop venue for the whole of Ireland.”

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[1] prefer a national sports stadium in central Belfast: http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1646852,00.html

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