The National Aquatic Centre is under the remit of the National Sports Campus Development Authority and is operated by a wholly owned subsidiary of the NSCDA.
In 2015 over 980,000 people used the facilities of the Centre. It is Ireland’s 4th most popular fee paying attraction. It is home to Irelands biggest and most popular Water Park, AquaZone, which is one of the biggest and most exciting attractions for families, groups and individuals in the country. It also houses Ireland’s biggest individual Swimming Lessons programme (over 2,500 participants weekly), and has over 4,500 Members in its award winning Gym, ToneZone.
The Centre and has won numerous major Awards over the years, including “Best Leisure Facility in Ireland“ in 2014 & 2015. The NAC plays an important part as a hub in the growing National Sports Campus.
In 2012 it hosted pre-Olympic training camps for teams from 16 different countries and 190 athletes, including the eventual Water Polo Champions, Croatia, and the Synchronised Swimming Team from the USA.
Since 2003 the centre has seen over 8 million people through its doors.
It successfully hosted the swimming events of the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games, the first time this event was held outside of the United States. It also hosted the European Short Course Swimming Championships in December 2003.
Swim Ireland officially launched a High Performance Unit in April 2010 and conducts training camps for elite swimmers at the Centre.
The National Aquatic Centre is one of the world’s largest indoor water centres. It comprises:-
- A 10-lane 50 metre x 25 metre international standard swimming pool with two moveable floors which will allow it to be reconfigured for other uses;
- A 25 metre international standard diving pool/warm up pool;
- Seating for 2,500 spectators;
- Extensive leisure waters (AquaZone) including adventure water rides, with children’s play pool and wave pool;
- A fitness centre (ToneZone);
- Café and Reception Area.
The capital cost of the National Aquatic Centre was €62.5 million and the project was delivered on time and within budget.