The Showgrounds

 

Our look today at reasons to Back the Bit o'Red in 2015 is all about the palce we have called home for 86 years, the Showgrounds.

Saturday nights in The Showgrounds incorporate so much of what the Bit o' Red are all about.

There are 17 league matches to look forward to in 2015 and the home of Sligo Rovers has never looked so impressive, nor has it been so busy.

The various development projects over the last number of years are renowned, with an increased seating capacity of just under 4,000.

There were some landmark days in 2014. A Good Friday fixture against UCD proved one of the most successful family days the club has ever seen as close to 3,500 fans were present.

 

 

2014 saw the 20-year wait for another European win in the ground end.

It provided one of the biggest ever fixtures the ground has seen.

 

 

It saw young players that could have a big future at the club make their first outings in a senior capacity, as well as score their first goals.

 

 

While the match nights provide the true highlights of the year in The Showgrounds, every day sees activity thanks to the opening of Sean Fallon Centre and office development in the ground.

From Sligo-Leitrim underage  games and training, Emerging Talent programme teams run by the FAI and the league, FAS courses, school games, coaching courses - these are just some of the projects all taking place in The Showgrounds each and every day on a daily basis.

 

The FAI's KickStart programme has also take place in the ground, including a UEFA A License Course.

 

 

And, arguably, most successful of all, comes the Sligo Rovers Astro Turf League.

The Garavougue Bar Premier League is now home to a remarkable 16 teams. Fixtures take place throughout each week in a hugely competitive division. With almost 13 series of games played so this year, just nine points separate the top seven teams.

The growing success of the league also sees revenue increasing to benefit Sligo Rovers and the structures at the heart of our club.

 

 

It shows The Showgrounds as we want it to be - not just a home for the 18 players that make up our matchday squad - but for hundreds of players throughout the region in different areas of the game.

With such an increasing volume of activity, a manager has been hired in the last number of months for the running of the centre and it is hoped the 4G pitch will continue to harbour more and more activity.

The club's under-19 side have been playing their home games at the centre - on Saturday they qualified for the Enda McGuill Cup quarter-finals and featured players that have already featured for the Rovers first-team and 2015 holds more hope for the development of the squad.

 

 

The grass pitches at the back of the ground are not yet ready but will be later in 2015. They will include a full size pitch and a small size and warm-up area and will bring about the completion of that stage of development.

It’s something we hope to be able to look back on at the end of 2015 in an even better position – and the 17 league games in our home.

Shamrock Rovers, Derry City and Cork City are some of the teams that will visit The Showgrounds twice in 2015.

Once again the Bit o’ Red will do battle with Galway United after their promotion. We will welcome Longford Town back to Sligo in another fixture with a near-neighbour after many seasons without the midlanders visiting.

With a new era beginning at the The Showgrounds, we want you there with us to be part of another eventful year in our home.

 

See every league game at the showgrounds this year with a season ticket, all the details you need for getting yours are here: http://www.sligorovers.com/news/14/dec/have-you-got-your-season-ticket-yet

 

 

Back the Bit o'Red in 2015

1. Family season tickets: http://www.sligorovers.com/news/14/dec/family-season-tickets-sale

2. Six exciting new singings for the new season: http://www.sligorovers.com/news/14/dec/back-bit-ored-2015

3. Great value available with season tickets: http://www.sligorovers.com/news/14/dec/great-value-our-season-tickets

4. New young, local talent emerging at the Showgrounds: http://www.sligorovers.com/news/14/dec/new-young-talent-emerging-showgrounds

5. New look Rovers for 2015: http://www.sligorovers.com/news/14/dec/new-look-rovers-new-season

6. New manager Owen Heary: http://www.sligorovers.com/news/14/dec/new-manager-owen-heary

 

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