Dundalk Stadium Racecourse Guide

In 2007, Dundalk Stadium re-opened and became Ireland's first All-Weather Track with its wax coated polytrack surface allowing for winter flat racing on a sound surface for the first time in Ireland. It is also the only race course in Ireland with floodlights, which allows for its weekly Friday night meetings between October and mid March.

Situated just on the outskirts of Dundalk, Co. Louth, on the east coast of the country, it is one of the most easily accessible tracks in the country as it is just off the M1, which connects Dublin and Belfast. You can get either a bus or train directly from Dublin to Dundalk and their are transfers available from the centre of town to the stadium itself. If you are looking to see a unique style of racing that you will not see at any other track in Ireland given the surface, then this is the place to go.

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Ticket Prices

Admission prices to Dundalk are as follows: Adults €15, OAPs / Students €10, and Children under the age of 14 are free.

The Course

Dundalk is an oval left handed course 10 furlongs in length, which caters to flat racing only with a 2 furlong run in which contains a cut away at the top of the stretch. This was introduced in 2013 to help solve some congestion problems and continued complaints from trainers of horses who liked to be held up off the speed. This turned out to be a stroke of genius, as the track has ridden more evenly since and the track has gone from strength to strength as a result.

The polytrack itself underwent a refurbishment following the 2014/15 season, as the kickback was becoming unmanageable and this has only further increased the tracks attractiveness to top trainers. A low draw is always a plus at the track, as the bends tend to come up very quickly from the 1m 1/4 and 7f starts.

The other main feature of the Dundalk course is the Greyhound racing track, which is also situated at the venue. There has been greyhound racing in Dundalk since the 1930s and the refurbishment of the stadium has only increased the popularity of the sport in the area.

Major Meetings at Dundalk

Dundalk is an exclusively flat track, which comes into its own during the dark Friday evenings throughout the winter when its meetings provide a great nights entertainment. The track hosts 37 meetings in total, including the 14 meeting "winter series”, which insures a meeting every Friday night between October and March. The most notable race is the Group 3 Diomed Stakes, but it has become the track where many of the possible stars of Irish flat racing make their debuts.

Dining and Hospitality

Dundalk Stadium provides various hospitality packages, including their Restaurant Package, Bar Food Package, Hens and Stags Package, Private Suites, and even Conference Room Deals.

Aside from that, for the average patron, there are several bar facilities that provide food, as well as the stadium restaurant, which is available to all patrons and there are, of course, a great amount of fast food options on the track.