In 2010, Dundalk FC received over €230,000 from National Lottery funding. Oriel Park has been Dundalk FC’s home since 1942. In the late 1960s major development took place at the ground including the construction of the club’s main stand. However, between 1967 and 2005 there was little development or improvement in the ground.
In 2005, a FIFA 2-Star Synthetic Surface was laid. This pitch has since been upgraded. In 2007, a new “shed” was constructed. Major improvements were made to the dressing rooms including new referee dressing rooms, medical room and kit room. New dressing rooms for use by teams renting the Oriel Park pitch were also constructed.
In 2010, Dundalk FC qualifed for European competition and launced the Bring Europe To Oriel Park (BE-TOP) campaign. In order to host our first matches at Oriel Park since 1991 the club had to become an all-seater stadium. Work commenced in March 2010 and was completed in June.