About the Aviva Stadium
Opened in 2010, the Aviva Stadium is a gleaming new addition to the Ireland sport scene. It’s located on Lansdowne Road and can seat more than 51,000 spectators in its curvilinear stands. The stadium was developed for €410 million through a 50:50 joint venture between the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and the Football Association of Ireland.
View of Aviva Stadium. Image credit: Peter Mooney
The first stadium at Lansdowne Road was built in 1872 and featured a cinder track, cricket pitch, croquet green and three football pitches. In 1876, the first rugby match was staged here. The IRFU secured the lease in the early 1900s at began further developments. The Irish football team started playing here in the 1980s. In its day, Lansdowne Road Stadium was the oldest sports stadium in Europe.
The debut of the Aviva Stadium secures Dublin’s position in the world of 21st century sporting events. Dubliners are passionate about their football and rugby teams, and nothing compares to being one of the crowd at a major sporting event.
Rugby is played and appreciated all over Ireland, but it’s especially popular in Dublin, Limerick, Cork and Northern Ireland (Ulster). Ireland is also the third-oldest Rugby nation in the world (preceded by England and Scotland). The national rugby team has won the Six Nations Championship eleven times and shared the title another eight. Â
You might hear the world’s most popular sport called ‘soccer’ in some parts of Ireland, but Dubliners prefer ‘football’. The national team first played in the 1924 Summer Olympics and went on to become the first team to beat England at home in 1949. The ‘Boys in Green’ are as popular today as they were in those days, so expect a spirited match.
Visit the Aviva Stadium webpage for a list of upcoming events.
Photos of Aviva Stadium:
Watching a game from Aviva Stadium. Photo credit: infomatique
Inside Aviva Satdium. Photo credit: Sean MacEntee