In August 2005, Ireland's Dundalk Football Club installed a FIFA RECOMMENDED 2 STAR Football Turf in its stadium, Oriel Park. This was one of the first FIFA Recommended installations at professional level.
FIFA chose Dundalk as one of the first case studies to highlight the benefits of Football Turf by using the FIFA RECOMMENDED 2 star playing fields. The idea of the 'case study approach' was to communicate to the football family the many potential strategies and benefits of the new playing surface, which may well be considered by other clubs in the future.
The case study at Dundalk Football Club highlights a very positive community and club development strategy, with the FIFA RECOMMENDED 2 STAR Football Turf playing a crucial role.
Click here to view the case study (*.pdf format)
Dundalk Football Club plays in the second tier of the Irish league. History has shown them to be the second most successful club, with nine league titles and nine FAI Cups to their name. However, for the past decade, Dundalk has been struggling financially to keep the football club moving forward.
The installation of the FIFA RECOMMENDED 2 star Football Turf was a timely and major breakthrough helping Dundalk to develop as a club, while building long-term strategic initiatives with the community.
Thus, the FIFA RECOMMENDED 2 star Football Turf may well prove a step forward for Dundalk Football Club to become very much a community club and a return to the glory days of old.