National Football Stadium; National Football Stadium;

National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, Belfast

Major upgrade and expansion to Northern Ireland’s best known football ground

For the first time, Northern Ireland’s national football team has a UEFA-standard stadium as its home. The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast is home to both the national team and Linfield FC. With a history of football at the site dating back to 1904, facilities were recognised as being well short of UEFA standards by 2009. It was then that the Irish Football Association (IFA) announced its preferred option to remain at a redeveloped Windsor Park.

Arup’s Belfast team of building engineers and technical specialists were involved in the transformation of Windsor Park into the National Football Stadium from concept through detailed design, providing the IFA with multidisciplinary (SMEP) building engineering services as well as geotechnical and fire engineering services for the refurbishment of the North Stand and the replacement of the South, East and West Stands. This project represents one of the most significant investments in Northern Ireland’s sporting venues to date, providing state-of-the-art facilities. 

Project Summary


UEFA compliant landmark facility

+18,000seats

3new stands

National Football Stadium National Football Stadium

Arup’s Belfast team of building engineers and technical specialists were involved in the transformation of Windsor Park into the National Football Stadium from concept through detailed design, providing the IFA with multidisciplinary (SMEP) building engineering services as well as geotechnical and fire engineering services for the refurbishment of the North Stand and the replacement of the South, East and West Stands. This project represents one of the most significant investments in Northern Ireland’s sporting venues to date, providing state-of-the-art facilities. 

The renewed North Stand features a covered concourse area, new terraced seating, disabled seating, broadcast platforms and roof-top flood lighting. Meanwhile, the new East Stand features an IFA museum, shops and offices for both the IFA and Linfield FC. Corporate hospitality facilities, broadcasting zone and high-quality areas for players are incorporated within the South Stand, while the West has been redeveloped to accommodate up to 3,400 spectators.

The same Arup design team delivered a related project, providing building engineering and specialist technical services for Belfast's new Olympia Leisure Centre, which is integrated within the new West Stand.