Tenders for the 15 million euro sports academy building at IT Tralee will be invited next month.
120 construction jobs will be created over the course of the 18-month build.
Meanwhile, IT Tralee says it is delighted with the numbers applying to study at the college.
For the first time students from Hong Kong and South Korea will enrol in the IT.
President of IT Tralee Dr Oliver Murphy says they have ambitious plans to increase the number of international fee paying students at the college.
He says there will be big changes at the North Campus in the coming years: