UCD Bowl Like?
External View (photo)
Main Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
West End (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
North Bank (photo)
UCD Bowl (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
UCD Bowl Location Map
|What's The UCD Bowl Like?|
The UCD Bowl is located on the
University College Dublin campus, which is situated
two miles south of Dublin City Centre, The UCD Bowl
has been in use by since 2007, with the UCD Rugby
Club being the first users of the ground. At this
time UCD Football Club were playing at their own
ground known as Belfield Park, which was to the far
south of the campus. The ground actually had a
larger capacity than the UCD Bowl of today, with its
pitch length Main Stand benefiting from a set of
green plastic seats following the closure and
demolition of the old Lansdowne Road ground (now the
Aviva Stadium). These seats didn’t get much use
however as the football club then moved in with the
Rugby Club at the UCD Bowl. Belfield Park was
subsequently demolished and replaced by a research
and training building.
|The UCD Bowl is
currently one of the smallest grounds in the Premier
Division however it does have a vast amount of scope
for future re-development on both the north bank side
of the ground and extending the wings and roof of the
Main Stand to full pitch length. The ground at present
is able to accommodate league attendances only
qualification for European fixtures would require an
expansion of the seating capacity. For the record,
given that UCD's players are a combination of current
studying students and full time professional players a
good run in the league or qualification for Europe may
seem unlikely but it has happened before-most
noticeably in 1984 when winning the FAI Cup paired
them with Everton in the European Cup Winners Cup.
Remarkably, over the two leg tie only a single goal
separated the two teams. Should lightning strike twice
it would perhaps be fitting if UCD Football Club were
finally able to play the tie at their own home ground.
|Away fans are allocated the left hand side of
the Main Stand on the far side of the turnstiles.
There is a doorway beyond the toilets which will lead
you into the top of the seating deck, with a block of
375 uncovered seats to the left, and a block of
375 seats to your right under the stand roof. Fans
sitting in these seats from the 3rd row to the top may
find the columns impede the view of the pitch. Beyond
the disabled enclosure a flight of steps leads down to
pitch side, presumably to allow those who like to
stand to watch a game access to the flat standing
areas behind the left hand goal and the tea hut on the
grass bank close to the far corner post. Best to check
with stewards if you are allowed to stand in these
areas on a matchday. UCD are known to be a very family
orientated club so you should expect a warm welcome
and a relaxed visit.
|Where To Drink?|
|There is a
student bar further south on the UCD Campus though
it is highly unlikely to be welcoming to football
fans,or indeed open on a Friday evening. The
residential streets to the North alongside the N11
approaching Donnybrook Rugby Stadium are the nearest
place to find food and drink prior to the game,
though this is a good 15 minutes walk from the
ground. Inside the ground fans will find food
and drink on the open concourse at the rear of the
|How To Get There And Where To Park|
|From the North &
Join onto the M50 Orbital Road at Junction 3 (M1 From the North) or Junction 7 (N4 from the Mid West) then exit at Junction 11,turning left onto the N81 Tallaght Road, heading into the South suburbs of Dublin. Once at Terenure the road becomes the R114.At the Rathgar crossroads turn right and head South along Orwell Road,passing St Lukes Hospital on the left. Then turn left into Orwell Park, then at the Junction turn right into Milltown Road,crossing the Luas Green line tram. You will see the River Dodder on the right hand side,turn right into the R117 Dundrum Road,then when you see the Sports Ground on the left hand side turn left into Bird Avenue. At the forked junction turn left and follow Clonskeagh Road, you will then see the West Entrance to the UCD campus on the right hand side.
From the South West
Follow the N7 North of Naas,then exit onto the N82 at Junction 3 Citywest Interchange. At the end of
the Junction turn left onto the N81 towards Dublin and follow the Tallaght Bypass. Continue over the M50 Junction 11 and head into the South suburbs of Dublin.Once at Terenure the road becomes the R114.At the Rathgar crossroads turn right and head South along Orwell Road,passing St Lukes
Hospital on the left. Then turn left into Orwell Park, then at the Junction turn right into Milltown Road,
crossing the Luas Green line tram.Y ou will see the River Dodder on the right hand side, turn right into the R117 Dundrum Road, then when you see the Sports Ground on the left hand side turn left into Bird Avenue. At the forked junction turn left and follow Clonskeagh Road,you will then see the West Entrance to the UCD campus on the right hand side.
There is a car park beside the grey sports building in Wynnsward Drive, Once parked follow the mini roundabout to the left, this will lead you to the side of the National Hockey Stadium, the UCD Bowl will then emerge to the right. If you get lost you will find a number of colourful layout plans all around the campus which will guide you towards the UCD Bowl..
Map showing the location of the UCD Bowl Stadium (at the bottom of this page).
|The nearest railway
station is Sydney Parade, which is around a mile away
from the UCD Belfield campus can be reached by taking
the Bray or Greystones bound Dart Commuter Train from
Dublin Connolly station. Once at Sydney Parade it is a
10-15 minute walk to the ground.
Turn left out of the station entrance then at the junction turn left again and walk over the level crossing,
heading away from the coast. After a minute you will then see the Spanish Embassy on the right hand side, at the crossroads turn left into Merrion Road then once you have passed the Japanese Embassy on the right hand side turn right into Nutley Lane, passing St Vincents Hospital. Stay on this road for the next 5 minutes, continue past Elm Park Golf Course and the N11 crossroads into Greenfield Park. Follow the road as it turns sharply to the left in front of University Lodge, you will then see the ground on the right hand side, with the turnstile block at the rear of the Main Stand leading into home and away sections of the ground.
Bachelors Walk in the city centre (at stop number
313), you can catch the Southbound Dublin Bus 39A
UCD Belfield service,which travels over the River
Liffey and runs past Donnybrook Rugby Ground before
heading into the Bus Station of the UCD campus,
which lies next to an Athletics Ground. Once at the
Bus Station large and colourful layout plans will
point you towards the UCD Bowl in the North of the
|Official Programme € To be advised|
space for one, possibly two wheelchairs under the
disabled enclosure at the top of the seating deck
and at present there doesn’t appear there is a way
for wheelchairs to access pitch side from the rear
of the Main Stand.
|Geographically speaking UCD have three Dublin
rivals of note; St Patrick's Athletic, Bohemian and
Shelbourne, though had Shamrock Rovers been able to
continue playing at Glenmalure Park in the Milltown
area to the immediate West of the UCD campus then
surely they would have been the main rival. Even
though the modern day Shamrock Rovers play at Tallaght
they could still be considered local rivals, possibly
less so for Bray Wanderers even though they are also
close by to the south.
|League Of Ireland Premier League Fixtures (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record And Average Attendance|
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Last Updated : 13 May 2014