The new 34,500 capacity Casement Park stadium will be ready to host championship games by the summer of 2020, according to Chairman of the Casement Park Project Board Tom Daly.
Plans for an impressive provincial ground in west Belfast were unveiled on Monday, a scaled down version of a previous design nearly two years after a High Court judge ruled that the original stadium proposal was unlawful.
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Daly stressed his confidence that the project was now on the right track, and is looking at a championship unveiling in three and a half years' time.
“Yesterday we launched phase two of the public consultation," Daly told RTÉ Sport.
"That has being going on for most of this year. What we anticipate is that we will conclude that phase in sufficient time to allow to take on board the latest feedback in community level and lodge a planning application just before Christmas.
"We’re looking at a timeline that would see championship fixtures played in this new stadium in the summer of 2020.”
The regeneration of Casement Park has been a drawn-out process hit by various setbacks.
While Daly admitted it's not been plain sailing, he expects a state-of-the-art facility to be delivered as promised.
"What we’re confident about is that the funding package that we had negotiated in excess of £72m, that that holds for us," he added.
"Clearly there will be some value engineering work to be done because of some significant tweaking of the design, the footprint of the stadium will be somewhat smaller which allows us to develop an internal roadway around the site which eases a lot of other issues in terms of access and so on.
"But from the point of view from the capacity to fund this and build it and deliver it we’re confident."