Casement Park is ‘an investment in Belfast’ says Antrim football star Declan Lynch 

Had Casement Park been built on schedule, Antrim might have been running out at the Andersonstown Road venue for Sunday’s must-win clash against Wicklow.

Instead, they’ll be in action at Corrigan Park on the Whiterock Road, less than two miles up the road.

Declan Lynch is in the twilight of his inter-county career. The window of opportunity for him to represent Antrim at the new Casement has closed.

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However, he has been and remains a vocal proponent of the project, which continues to be dogged by funding concerns.

The estimated cost to rebuild a 34,500-capacity stadium at Casement Park is thought to have spiralled from an initial estimate of £77.5m to approximately £170m.

Recently, the cost of the redevelopment was rumoured to be upwards of £300M – although the final costings have yet to be confirmed by the GAA.

While the Irish government has pledged €50m towards Casement, which is set to be one of 10 venues for Euro 2028, there remains uncertainty as to how the shortfall in funding will be met.

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