The sports fields on the South Campus are served by the superb (new in 2000) Casey changing rooms (formerly the Casey Chemistry Lab), located at the corner of Rhetoric playing field.
The South Campus provides plenty of space for training and competition. There are actually seven playing fields of various standard and description on this side of the bridge - mostly located in and around the general area known as the Graf.
The regulation pitches (GAA and Soccer) to the west of the tennis courts are referred to as Highfield. Other under-sized areas are equipped with goal-posts for internal soccer games (Elphin, upper and lower). The pitches along the canal are the Camogie Pitch and the Pond, now a GAA training ground..
The Sports Centre is comprised of a sports hall (31m x 20m) with court markings for basketball, volleyball, badminton, indoor hockey and five-a-side soccer.
The Hall is overlooked by a viewing balcony which is equipped with cv equipment, including three concept II rowers, two bikes, three treadmills, two steppers and two ab-stations.
A new small sports hall (15m x 16m) was added to the Sports Centre as part of the recent extension. Many of the fitness and martial arts sessions now take place in this venue, freeing up the main hall for activities needing full size courts.
The weights room has been re-developed as two seperate facilities. There is a CV / Fitness area (6m x 32m) on the first-floor, which is equipped with CV machines, light weights and selectorised resistence equipment. This facility opened in 2003.
On the ground floor a free-weights room has been installed, complete with mirrors, rubber flooring and housing a full range of dumbbells, olympic barbell sets, power racks, benches and pulleys.
The Time-Tables show all of the indoor and outdoor club training times along with other regular bookings.
This document also confirms the "down-times" which can be booked through the sports office by students and staff up to seven days in advance for indoor soccer, basketball, badminton etc.
There are five pitches on the north campus. These include three sand-carpet natural turf pitches (one floodlit GAA pitch, one Soccer and one Rugby, the "Arts Block" soccer pitch, and the all-weather synthetic pitch. The natural turf pitches are reserved for inter-varsity competition only, and can be booked by NUIM clubs through the Sports Centre reception.
There is an onus on all the clubs concerned to preserve the natural turf playing surfaces for important inter-varsity games.
The central and accessible location of these playing fields helps to involve many spectators and profile the activities of the "big three" clubs, lending much to the life on campus.
The student levy matched by university funds has enabled the development of three high-quality sand-carpet natural turf and one synthetic playing field.
The levy has also supported a re-development and extension of the Sports Centre giving additional work-out, changing and training facilities.