Brothers raise their game with €9m sports arena

A CASUALTY of the recession has turned into a sporting venture for two Limerick brothers.

What started out as a pharmaceutical distribution centre but was abandoned because of the recession yesterday opened as an indoor sports arena in Limerick.

The €9 million Delta Soccer Dome at the Delta Retail Park at Ballysimon Road is the largest indoor astro-turf arena in Munster with seven indoor pitches, two indoor tennis courts, four badminton courts and a trampoline court.

The investment has created 32 jobs, rising to a minimum of 40 at peak output, and is the brainchild of Parkes brothers Ralph and Michael.

Its opening yesterday was preceded two months ago by the opening under the same roof of Delta Karting – a twin-track racing facility and joint venture between the brothers and the nationwide Formula Karting.

Overall, the year-round indoor sports arena is larger than the UL arena.

Joint owner Michael Parkes said: “In all our business ventures over the years, this is the most heartening turnaround as we have definitely turned a negative into a positive.

“This was earmarked for a pharmaceutical distribution warehouse but when that fell through we saw it as an opportunity.”

They intend to develop 5-a-side soccer leagues, indoor tag-rugby and coaching programmes.


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