THE new Greyhound stadium in the Greenpark has recorded profits of more than €22,000 in its first month of operation.
The €20m complex, which opened on October 8, 2010, welcomed more than 8,000 punters through the gates in October alone. The news represents a major boost, and once again outlines Limerick’s status as Ireland’s capital of sport.
Imelda Cahalan, the sales operations and commercial manager of the complex said: “We’re delighted the greyhound stadium has proved to be the success we knew it could be.
“Naturally, there was great support from our long-term patrons of the sport who have made greyhound racing the success that it is today. As well as that the venue has attracted thousands of people new to the sport such as families and younger people, who enjoy the atmosphere, the low cost night out and state of the art facilities.”
The Irish Greyhound Board has increased profit levels from €2m in 2006 to more than €5m in both 2007 and 2008.
“It is clear to see that the tradition of Greyhound racing is very much a part of our future in Ireland, and our investment in the New Limerick Greyhound Stadium is testament to this,” Bord na gCon chief Aidan Neilan said.
As well as being a place to watch greyhound racing, the IGB complex – which can house more than 2,000 people – has a substantial restaurant, private hospitality suites and gallery bars.
The Greyhound Stadium employs 100 permanent staff, having employed a further 250 people in its construction phase. And the track is well on its way to meeting its goal of welcoming 70,000 people in its first 12 months of operation – a goal set by former operations manager Declan O’Halloran, who said at the time of its opening: “We are going for value for money. Our top price for the restaurant is €45, and that includes your entrance and race card. That’s the worst it gets.”
Spectators enjoy the atmosphere at the Greyhound Stadium in Limerick. The €20m complex has recorded profits of over €22,000 in its first month, while welcoming 8,000 people.