Belfast Telegraph

Casement GAA stadium capacity too big, court told

By Alan Erwin

A planned new 38,000-seater GAA stadium in west Belfast would be replacing a ground which hasn't come close to selling out in decades, the High Court has heard.

Lawyers for a residents' group seeking to block the Casement Park proposals argued that the scale of the development isn't justified by attendance records.

The court heard the GAA believed a 38,000-capacity ground was the minimum level for the development to work.

But David Scoffield QC, for Mooreland and Owenvarragh Residents Association (MORA), claimed no explanation has been given for the figures.

"It's far in excess of anything that's been achieved in the stadium for decades," he said.

"There seems to be an acceptance at present that the stadium can't operate at a capacity which is being used as the baseline."

The residents say a more modest 20-25,000 seater stadium would be acceptable. The hearing, now expected to last for a minimum six days, continues.

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