The Kildare County Board has confirmed that Kildare County Council has granted planning permission for the re-development of St Conleth's Park in Newbridge.

The project includes a new 2,600 all-seater stand and is expected to increase capacity to around 15,000 upon completion.

The venue staged two home championship matches for Kildare this summer against Mayo in the qualifier and Galway in the Super 8s, after Kildare were forced to fight a GAA decision to move the Mayo game.

Kildare and the GAA were locked in a heated row when the Central Competitions Control Committee scheduled their round-three qualifier tie with Mayo as part of a double-header with Cavan and Tyrone at Croke Park.

Kildare insisted that the home advantage the draw provided them had been taken away without their consent and eventually won the right to play the game in Newbridge.

Only 8,200 spectators were able to attend the game due to health and safety restrictions on the ground in its current condition.