We understand that when our clients come to us, they want their conference program to pack a real punch and we can honestly say that world-renowned sports venues in Ireland always deliver a slam-dunk! (And these will be the last sports metaphors you’ll read here!). With architecturally stunning historic buildings set in unique grounds, sporting venues offer clients something different from the standard hotel meeting room. As well as state-of-the-art technology, they provide space to suit the most diverse of events with everything from corporate boxes to small meeting rooms, exhibition areas, refreshment and networking spaces, large outdoor areas and overnight accommodation located very close by.
Conveniently located on Dublin’s northside, a short distance from the airport and the city centre is Croke Park. This amphitheater is the largest in Ireland and one of the largest in Europe, with a capacity of 82,300 and serves both as the principal stadium and national headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). It is steeped in Irish history and culture making it an inspiring venue to entice delegates to attend any conference booked here. It is equipped to accommodate all types of events including meetings, tradeshows and bespoke banqueting with 110 unique event spaces to choose from. In addition to this, it can incorporate unique initiatives into every event – GAA museum, abseil down the stadium, skyline rooftop tours, and stadium tour. The venue provides 600 free parking spaces and has a 232 room 4-Star hotel adjacent to it.
In 2007, Ireland demolished its original home to the Irish Rugby Union team and the Republic of Ireland football team and replaced it with a state of the art stadium, Aviva Stadium. Since opening in 2010, it offers nine distinctive meeting and conference venues that cater for groups of 10 (small corporate boxes, boardroom style) to 1,200 delegates depending on the client’s requirements. Many of the spaces have panoramic views of the pitch and natural daylight. Catering here is of the highest standard and bespoke tailored menus are available to suit every budget and add that unique flavour to any conference.
On Ireland’s west coast, a short 20-minute drive from Shannon airport is where the world famous Thomond Park Stadium is found. This stadium is owned by the Irish Rugby Football Union and its occupants include Munster Rugby, Shannon RFC and UL Bohemian RFC. While it was redeveloped in 2008, none of its history has been eroded making it a superb and interesting venue choice for any conference. This world-class multi-purpose venue boasts an extensive range of conference & banqueting facilities for groups of all sizes and budget. All six suites feature natural lighting, private bars, and lift access as well as state-of-the-art audio-visual systems. Exciting team bonding opportunities are available for clients to book that includes abseiling down the stadium, archery, zorbing, stadium and museum tours.
Opened in Cork in 1976, Páirc Uí Chaoimh is the home of GAA Cork and, after a significant 2-year redevelopment, it reopened in 2017 as a modern, cutting edge multipurpose facility complete with its own dedicated conference centre. It offers five versatile conference areas in the Premium level allowing for board meetings with panoramic pitch views to conferences and banquets of all sizes. Excellent catering, bars and out door areas make it perfect for summer parties or post-conference networking drinks. Located a short distance from Cork airport in the heart of Cork city, it blends sporting and cultural surroundings and brings a true local vibrancy to every conference and event it hosts. Delegates can access onsite complimentary parking and there is a vast choice of excellent hotel options within close proximity. The impact, style, and history of this sporting stadium make it the perfect destination for every business conference.
Irish conference sports venues are the perfect choice for clients looking for their conference to stand out. They add a distinct and memorable venue experience that will definitely catch the attention of invited delegates and make networking easy for those attending. Combining flexibility with creativity ensures conference success among delegates who want to feel inspired and excited. Regardless of size and budget Ireland’s sporting venues are the perfect choice for corporate conferences, gala dinners, exhibitions, and product launches and offer something to suit every client needs.