Aviva Stadium (map it)
62 Lansdowne Rd
Dublin, Ireland 4
Year Opened: 2010
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Official Review by Gary Foxall, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
Aviva Stadium is located in the Ballsbridge area of Dublin, and is the home of both the Republic of Ireland soccer team and the Ireland National Rugby Union team. The stadium was built on the site of the old Landsdowne Road which was demolished in 2007 to make way for the new development.
During the time that the Aviva was being built both National sides played home games at Croke Park another large Dublin stadium used primarily for Gaelic football. The Aviva was opened in May 2010 at a cost of 410 million Euros and has an all seated capacity of 51,700 for soccer and rugby. The stadium consists of five tiers with the exception of the North Stand which is of single structure. The stadium’s transparent roof is designed to undulate in a wave like fashion and allows sufficient light to nearby houses.
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The food outlets within the stadium offer a more up market service than most stadiums within the United Kingdom and Ireland. Food is of a good quality however this comes at a cost for the average supporter. Fish & Chips priced at €8.20, Burgers €6.30, Chicken Salad €6.30 and Tea and Coffee €2.40 are all available selections from the menu. Ireland's traditional pint of Guinness will set you back €5.10.
The stadium design ensures that it contains its noise volume and when full the atmosphere for soccer games is first class. Although I have not attended any other events at the stadium its atmosphere for Rugby Union games is as good if not better I am told.
A visit to Ireland and its capital Dublin is a must if you are in the vicinity of the United Kingdom. Famed for its brewing of Guinness a visit to the Guinness Museum in St James Gate is highly recommended and you will see many Guinness souvenirs on sale throughout various shops in O'Connell Street and Grafton Street, the city's main shopping areas.
You will need to allow at least two days to visit the city's main attractions. There are plenty of options for your pre match entertainment in the vicinity of the Aviva Stadium. The Landsdowne Hotel, The Den Bar, The Ballsbridge Hotel, The Dubliner Public House and Berkley Court Hotel are all recommended for food and drink before entering the stadium. The city centre also offers a wide range of pubs and restaurants as well as your normal options of Costa Coffee, Starbucks, Pizza Hut to name but a few.
Ireland's soccer and rugby supporters are renowned for the loyal support they give to their heroes in green. They regularly turn out in large numbers for home games and soccer fans attend major tournaments and away games in large numbers. Wherever Ireland plays you can be guaranteed that the Green Army will sing their hearts out but always remain on their best behaviour.
Like most major venues the Aviva Stadium is best accessed by public transport. Landsdowne Road Dart station is adjacent to the stadium and is no more than a ten minute journey from Dublin's major railway stations, which offer connections from all over the country.
Bus numbers 7,8,45 and 84 from the city centre will take you to the stadium. Northumberland Road from the city centre will lead to you Landsdowne Road where the stadium is located if you are driving, but be aware that parking is restricted. Ferries arrive in to Dublin Port and Dunlaoighaire from Holyhead in Wales and Dublin Airport is a twenty five minute bus ride from the centre of the city. By foot you can walk to the stadium in less than thirty minutes from Grafton Street.
Admission prices for soccer games are pricy by Ireland's standards these days and the country's recession has hit attendance at major sporting events in the country. Tickets cost between 25 and 50 Euro's although this is still only in the same price region as tickets for England and Premier League games. Overall a visit to the stadium to take in either of the round or oval ball games is highly recommended when visiting the Emerald Island.
There is a small club shop outside the stadium selling both soccer and rugby souvenirs. Betting shops are also located inside the stadium and a match day programme is produced for soccer games priced at 5 Euro. Stadium tours are available on match days priced at 10 Euro with reductions for O.A.P's, students and children.
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