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Aviva Stadium (also known as Lansdowne Road) is a sports stadium located in Dublin, Ireland, with a capacity for 51,700 spectators (all seated). It is built on the site of the former Lansdowne Road Stadium, which was demolished in 2007, and replaced it as home to its chief tenants: the Irish rugby union team and the Republic of Ireland football team. The decision to redevelop the stadium came after plans for both Stadium Ireland and Eircom Park fell through. Aviva Group Ireland signed a 10-year deal for the naming rights in 2009.

The stadium, located beside Lansdowne Road railway station, officially opened on 14 May 2010. The stadium is Ireland's first, and only, UEFA Category 4 Stadium and in 2011, it hosted the Europa League final. +more It also hosted the inaugural Nations Cup, as well as the regular home fixtures of the national rugby team, national football team and some home fixtures for Leinster Rugby from August 2010 onwards.

Unlike its predecessor, which was solely owned by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), the current stadium is controlled by the IRFU and the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) through a 50:50 joint venture known as the Lansdowne Road Stadium Development Company (LRSDC). The joint venture has a 60-year lease on the stadium; on expiry the stadium will return to the exclusive ownership of the IRFU.

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History

The stadium was officially opened on 14 May 2010 by then Taoiseach Brian Cowen. In 2011, the stadium won a British Construction Industry Award.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Irish Army (operating under Operation Fortitude) used the stadium for testing from 14 May onwards, following the handover from the Naval Service (which had been conducting tests under Operation Fortitude at Sir John Rogerson's Quay until that time).

Rugby union

Rugby union matches
DateCompetitionHomeAwayScoreAttendance
-31 July 2010Challenge matchLeinster/UlsterMunster/Connacht68-0
-2 October 20102010-11 Magners LeagueLeinsterMunster13-9
-6 November 2010Test match21-23
-13 November 2010Test match20-10
-20 November 2010Test match18-38
-28 November 2010Test match29-9
-18 December 20102010-11 Heineken Cup pool stageLeinsterClermont Auvergne24-8
-13 February 20112011 Six Nations Championship22-25
-19 March 20112011 Six Nations Championship24-8
-9 April 20112010-11 Heineken Cup quarter-finalLeinsterLeicester Tigers17-10
-30 April 20112010-11 Heineken Cup semi-finalLeinsterToulouse32-23
-20 August 2011Test match22-26
-27 August 2011Test match6-20
-4 November 20112011-12 Pro12LeinsterMunster24-19
-17 December 20112011-12 Heineken Cup pool stageLeinsterBath52-27
-5 February 20122012 Six Nations Championship21-23
-25 February 20122012 Six Nations Championship42-10
-19 March 20122012 Six Nations Championship32-14
-7 April 20122011-12 Heineken Cup quarter-finalLeinsterCardiff Blues34-3
-28 April 20122011-12 Heineken Cup semi-finalUlsterEdinburgh22-19
-6 October 20122012-13 Pro12LeinsterMunster30-21
-10 November 2012Test match12-16
-24 November 2012Test match46-24
-15 December 20122012-13 Heineken Cup pool stageLeinsterClermont Auvergne21-28
-10 February 20132013 Six Nations Championship6-12
-9 March 20132013 Six Nations Championship13-13
-18 May 20132013 Heineken Cup FinalClermontToulon15-16
-9 November 2013Test match40-9
-16 November 2013Test match15-32
-24 November 2013Test match22-24
-14 December 20132013-14 Heineken Cup pool stageLeinsterNorthampton Saints9-18
-2 February 20142014 Six Nations Championship28-6
-8 February 20142014 Six Nations Championship26-3
-8 March 20142014 Six Nations Championship46-7
29 March 20142013-14 Pro12LeinsterMunster22-1851,700
4 October 20142014-15 Pro12LeinsterMunster23-3443,817
-8 November 2014Test match29-15
-16 November 2014Test match49-7
-22 November 2014Test match26-23
-13 December 20142014-15 Rugby Champions Cup pool stageLeinsterHarlequins14-13
-14 February 20152015 Six Nations Championship18-11
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1 March 20152015 Six Nations Championship19-951,200
-4 April 20152014-15 Rugby Champions Cup Quarter-finalsLeinsterBath18-12
-15 August 2015Test match28-22
-29 August 2015Test match10-16
-19 December 20152015-16 Rugby Champions Cup pool stageLeinsterRC Toulonnais16-20
-7 February 20162016 Six Nations Championship16-16
-12 March 20162016 Six Nations Championship58-15
-19 March 20162016 Six Nations Championship35-25
-2 April 20162015-16 Pro12LeinsterMunster16-13
-8 October 20162016-17 Pro12LeinsterMunster25-14
-12 November 2016Test match52-21
-19 November 2016Test match9-21
-26 November 2016Test match27-24
-17 December 20162016-17 Rugby Champions Cup pool stageLeinsterNorthampton Saints60-13
-25 February 20172017 Six Nations Championship19-9
-18 March 20172017 Six Nations Championship13-9
-1 April 20172016-17 European Rugby Champions CupLeinsterWasps32-17
-22 April 20172016-17 European Rugby Champions CupMunster+more'>Saracens10-26
-27 May 20172017 Pro12 Grand FinalMunsterScarlets22-46
-7 October 20172016-17 Pro12LeinsterMunster23-17
-11 November 2017Test match38-3
-18 November 2017Test match23-20
-25 November 2017Test match28-19
-16 December 20172017-18 Rugby Champions Cup pool stageLeinsterExeter Chiefs22-17
-10 February 20182018 Six Nations Championship56-19
-24 February 20182018 Six Nations Championship37-27
-8 March 20182018 Six Nations Championship28-8
-1 April 20182017-18 Rugby Champions Cup Quarter-finalsLeinsterSaracens30-19
-21 April 20182017-18 Rugby Champions Cup Semi-finalsLeinsterScarlets38-16
-26 May 20182018 Pro14 Grand FinalLeinsterScarlets40-32
-6 October 20182018-19 Pro14LeinsterMunster30-22
-10 November 2018Test match28-17
-17 November 2018Test match16-9
-24 November 2018Test match57-14
-15 December 20182018-19 Rugby Champions Cup pool stageLeinsterBath42-15
-2 February 20192019 Six Nations Championship20-32
-10 March 20192019 Six Nations Championship26-14
-30 March 20192018-19 Rugby Champions Cup Quarter-finalsLeinsterUlster21-18
-21 April 20192018-19 Rugby Champions Cup Semi-finalsLeinsterToulouse30-12
-10 August 2019Test match29-10
-7 September 2019Test match19-10
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14 December 20192018-19 Rugby Champions Cup pool stageLeinsterNorthampton Saints50-2142,041
-1 February 20202020 Six Nations Championship19-12
-8 February 20202020 Six Nations Championship24-14
-22 August 20202019-20 Pro14LeinsterMunster27-25
-23 August 20202019-20 Pro14ConnachtUlster26-20
-29 August 20202019-20 Pro14UlsterLeinster10-28
-30 August 20202019-20 Pro14MunsterConnacht49-12
-4 September 20202019-20 Pro14LeinsterMunster13-3
-12 September 20202020 Pro14 Grand FinalLeinsterUlster27-5
-19 September 20202019-20 Rugby Champions Cup Quarter-finalsLeinsterSaracens17-25
-24 October 20202020 Six Nations Championship50-17
-13 November 2020Autumn Nations Cup32-9
-29 November 2020Autumn Nations Cup23-10
-5 December 2020Autumn Nations Cup31-15
-14 February 20212021 Six Nations Championship13-15
-20 March 20212021 Six Nations Championship32-18
-3 July 2021Test match39-31
-10 July 2021Test match71-10
-25 September 20212021-22 United Rugby ChampionshipLeinsterBulls31-3
-23 October 20212021-22 United Rugby ChampionshipConnachtUlster36-11
-6 November 2021Test match60-5
-13 November 2021Test match29-20
-21 November 2021Test match53-7
-11 December 20212021-22 Rugby Champions pool stageLeinsterBath45-20
-5 February 20222022 Six Nations Championship29-7
-27 February 20222022 Six Nations Championship57-6
-19 March 20222022 Six Nations Championship26-5
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15 April 20222021-22 Rugby Champions Cup Round of 16LeinsterConnacht56-2032,604
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1 May 2022All-Ireland League Division 1A FinalClontarfTerenure College29-235,788
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7 May 20222021-22 Rugby Champions Cup Quarter-finalsMunsterToulouse24-24 (a. e. t. ) 2-440,479
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15 May 20222021-22 Rugby Champions Cup Semi-finalsLeinsterToulouse40-1742,067
-21 May 20222021-22 United Rugby ChampionshipLeinsterMunster35-25
-22 October 20222022-23 United Rugby ChampionshipLeinsterMunster27-13
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Internationals

The Ireland national rugby union team plays its home games at the stadium, as it did previously at Lansdowne Road, taking over from their temporary home, Croke Park, where games were played during Aviva's construction. Ireland's first international game was on 6 November 2010 against South Africa, with the Springboks winning 23-21. +more The game drew a crowd of 35,515, mainly due to a backlash by Ireland supporters over the IRFU's controversial ticketing strategy for the November Test series. Initially, the IRFU announced that tickets to the November Tests would only be sold as packages for all four matches. Later, it announced that the tickets would instead be split into two packages, with the South Africa Test bundled with the following week's match with Samoa for a minimum of €150, and the New Zealand and Argentina Tests bundled for a minimum of €190. single-game tickets were to be available only for the Samoa and Argentina Tests. On 1 November, the IRFU backed away from this plan amid heavy criticism from member clubs that had problems selling the packages in a difficult economy.

The first rugby union game at the Aviva was an exhibition game on 31 July 2010, billed as the O2 Challenge, involving under-18 and under-20 players from all four of Ireland's provincial sides, with a Leinster/Ulster side defeating a Munster/Connacht combination 68-0. As part of the run-up to the event, O2 ran a promotion which gave the winner the opportunity to attempt to score the ceremonial first points at the Aviva via a simulated conversion kick on the day before the match. +more The winner of the promotion, John Baker of Ennis, was successful. The first official points at the Aviva were scored by Ulster's Craig Gilroy with a try in the O2 Challenge.

Ireland's record at the Aviva
CompetitionPlayedWonDrawnLost% Won
Test Match352609%
Six Nations302325%
Total6549214%
Updated 19 March 2022

Club competition

The stadium also hosts some home games for Leinster when the RDS Arena's smaller capacity does not satisfy demand. Leinster won their opening home game in the Aviva against Munster 13-9, in the Celtic League (now United Rugby Championship) season, in front of a then record league attendance of 50,645. +more This league record was exceeded on 29 March 2014 when Leinster again beat Munster, 22-18, in front of 51,700 people.

Leinster won their first Heineken Cup game in the stadium 24-8, against Clermont Auvergne in a pool game during the 2010-11 season. During Leinster's successful run to the Heineken Cup title that season, they took their quarter-final and semi-final matches to the stadium, defeating Leicester Tigers and Toulouse respectively. +more Ulster took their 2012 Heineken Cup semi-final to the stadium as well, defeating Edinburgh.

The 2013 Heineken Cup Final took place in the stadium on 18 May 2013 where Toulon beat Clermont Auvergne 16-15. The Heineken Cup final had last been held in Dublin in 2003 when Toulouse beat Perpignan 22-17 at Lansdowne Road.

Leinster's record at the Aviva
CompetitionPlayedWonDrawnLost% Won
United Rugby Championship171601%
European Rugby Champions Cup231904%
Total403505%
Updated 22 October 2022

Association football

Football matches
DateCompetitionHomeAwayScoreAttendance
-31 July 2010Challenge Matchleft| League of Ireland XIleft| +more'>Manchester United1-7
-11 August 2010Friendlyleftleft0-1
-7 September 2010Euro 2012 qualificationleftleft3-1
-8 October 2010Euro 2012 qualificationleftleft2-3
-14 November 20102010 FAI Cup Finalleft| Sligo Roversleft| Shamrock Rovers0-0 (aet) (2-0 pens)
-17 November 2010Friendlyleftleft1-2
-8 February 20112011 Nations Cupleftleft3-0
-9 February 20112011 Nations Cupleftleft3-0
-26 March 2011Euro 2012 qualificationleftleft2-1
29 March 2011Friendlyleftleft2-325,611
18 May 20112011 UEFA Europa League Finalleft| Portoleft| Braga1-045,391
-24 May 20112011 Nations Cupleftleft5-0
-25 May 20112011 Nations Cupleftleft1-3
-27 May 20112011 Nations Cupleftleft2-0
-29 May 20112011 Nations Cupleftleft1-0
-30 July 2011Dublin Super Cupleft| Inter Milanleft| Celtic2-0
30 July 2011Dublin Super Cupleft| Manchester Cityleft| League of Ireland XI3-0
31 July 2011Dublin Super Cupleft| League of Ireland XIleft| Celtic0-5
31 July 2011Dublin Super Cupleft| Inter Milanleft| Manchester City0-3
10 August 2011Friendlyleftleft0-020,179
2 September 2011Euro 2012 qualificationleftleft0-044,761
11 October 2011Euro 2012 qualificationleftleft2-145,200
6 November 20112011 FAI Cup Finalleft| Shelbourneleft| Sligo Rovers1-1 (aet) (1-4 pens)21,662
15 November 2011Euro 2012 play-offsleftleft1-151,151
29 February 2012Friendlyleftleft1-137,741
26 May 2012Friendlyleftleft1-037,100
12 October 20122014 World Cup qualificationleftleft1-649,850
4 November 20122012 FAI Cup Finalleft| Derry Cityleft| St Patrick's Athletic3-2 (aet)16,117
14 November 2012Friendlyleftleft0-116,256
6 February 2013Friendlyleftleft2-043,112
26 March 20132014 World Cup qualificationleftleft2-250,000
2 June 20132013 FAI Junior Cup Finalleft| Sheriff YCleft| Kilbarrack United0-0 (aet) (5-4 pens)
7 June 20132014 World Cup qualificationleftleft3-019,000
10 August 2013Friendlyleft| Liverpoolleft| Celtic0-151,000
6 September 20132014 World Cup qualificationleftleft1-249,500
15 October 20132014 World Cup qualificationleftleft3-121,700
3 November 20132013 FAI Women's Cup Finalleft| Raheny Unitedleft| Castlebar Celtic3-2 (aet)
3 November 20132013 FAI Cup Finalleft| Drogheda Unitedleft| Sligo Rovers2-317,753
15 November 2013Friendlyleftleft3-037,100
5 March 2014Friendlyleftleft1-237,243
14 May 2014Friendlyleft| Liverpoolleft| Shamrock Rovers4-042,517
25 May 20142014 FAI Junior Cup Finalleft| Ballynanty Roversleft| St Michael's0-4
25 May 2014Friendlyleftleft1-222,000
-3 September 2014Friendlyleftleft2-0
-11 October 2014Euro 2016 qualificationleftleft7-0
-2 November 20142014 FAI Women's Cup Finalleft| Raheny Unitedleft| UCD Waves2-1 (aet)
2 November 20142014 FAI Cup Finalleft| Derry Cityleft| St Patrick's Athletic0-217,038
-18 November 2014Friendlyleftleft4-1
-29 March 2015Euro 2016 qualificationleftleft1-1
-17 May 20152015 FAI Junior Cup Finalleft| Sheriff YCleft| Liffey Wanderers1-2 (aet)
17 May 20152015 FAI Intermediate Cup Finalleft| Tolka Roversleft| Crumlin United0-4250
-5 June 2015Friendlyleftleft0-0
-7 June 2015Friendlyleftleft0-0
13 June 2015Euro 2016 qualificationleftleft1-149,063
8 October 2015Euro 2016 qualificationleftleft1-050,604
-8 November 20152015 FAI Women's Cup Finalleft| Wexford Youthsleft| Shelbourne2-2 (aet) (4-2 pens)
8 November 20152015 FAI Cup Finalleft| Cork Cityleft| Dundalk0-1 (aet)25,103
-16 November 2015Euro 2016 qualificationleftleft2-0
-25 March 2016Friendlyleftleft1-0
-29 March 2016Friendlyleftleft2-2
-14 May 20162016 FAI Junior Cup Finalleft| Sheriff YCleft| Pike Rovers1-0
14 May 20162016 FAI Intermediate Cup Finalleft| Crumlin Unitedleft| Letterkenny Rovers5-03,106
-27 May 2016Friendlyleftleft1-1
-30 July 2016Friendlyleft| Celticleft| Barcelona1-3
-17 August 2016UEFA Champions League Play-offleft| Dundalkleft| Legia Warsaw0-2
-31 August 2016Friendlyleftleft4-0
-6 October 20162018 World Cup qualificationleftleft1-0
-6 November 20162016 FAI Women's Cup Finalleft| Shelbourneleft| Wexford Youths5-0
6 November 20162016 FAI Cup Finalleft| Cork Cityleft| Dundalk1-0 (aet)26,400
-24 March 20172018 World Cup qualificationleftleft0-0
-28 March 2017Friendlyleftleft0-1
-13 May 20172017 FAI Junior Cup Finalleft| Sheriff YCleft| Evergreen2-0
-13 May 20172017 FAI Intermediate Cup Finalleft| The stadium also hosts the home games of the Republic of Ireland national football team, as did Lansdowne Road. The team had played most home games at Croke Park during the construction of the Aviva Stadium. +more The first soccer match in the Aviva Stadium was Manchester United against a League of Ireland XI side, managed by Damien Richardson, on 4 August 2010. Manchester United won the game 7-1, with Park Ji-Sung scoring the first ever goal in the Aviva Stadium. The first international game for Ireland in the Aviva Stadium was a 1-0 friendly loss against Argentina on 11 August 2010. The first competitive goal was scored by Kevin Kilbane in a Euro 2012 qualifying game on 7 September 2010 against Andorra.

Ireland's record at the Aviva
CompetitionPlayedWonDrawnLost% Won% Lost
Euros qualifiers15861%%
World Cup qualifiers15465%%
Nations Cup3300%%
Nations League8233%%
Friendlies281387%%
Total69302316%%
Updated as of 27 September 2022.

FAI Cup Final

The Aviva has annually hosted the FAI Cup Final since 2010. While the Aviva Stadium was under construction the cup final hosting was shared between the RDS Arena and Tallaght Stadium. +more The first Cup Final at the new stadium was the 2010 FAI Cup Final, held on Sunday 14 November 2010. Sligo Rovers beat Shamrock Rovers 2-0 on penalties after the game finished 0-0 after extra time. A total of 36,101 attended the game making it the biggest attendance at an FAI Cup Final since 1968. A total of 37,126 spectators were in attendance for the 2021 final in which St. Patrick's defeated Bohemians F. C. on penalties.

2011 Nations Cup

The 2011 Nations Cup took place in the Aviva Stadium. The tournament featured national football teams from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. +more In the opening round of fixtures, the Republic of Ireland beat Wales 3-0 while Scotland beat Northern Ireland 3-0. The remaining four fixtures took place in May, with the Republic of Ireland winning the tournament after beating Scotland 1-0 on 29 May, with Keane scoring the only goal.

2011 Europa League Final

The 2011 UEFA Europa League Final between Portuguese sides +more_Porto'>Porto and Braga took place in the Aviva Stadium. Due to UEFA rules against corporate sponsorship outside the federation, the stadium was referred to as the "Dublin Arena" for this final, that ended with a 1-0 victory for Porto.

Dublin Super Cup

The Dublin Super Cup was a pre-season football tournament which was held at the Aviva. +moreC. '>Celtic, Manchester City, Inter Milan and a League of Ireland XI competed in the 2011 edition, with Manchester City winning the tournament.

The 'Dublin Decider'

The 'Dublin Decider' was a game which took place on 10 August 2013. The match was played between +moreC. '>Celtic and Liverpool, with both teams having large support in Ireland. Celtic won the match 1-0 thanks to a goal from Amido Balde.

There were talks ongoing about a return of the 'Dublin Decider' in the summer of 2014 with clubs such as Barcelona, Manchester United and Celtic being mentioned as potential visitors to the Aviva Stadium. It was confirmed in March 2016 that Celtic would face Barcelona in the stadium on 30 July 2016, however, this was as part of the annual International Champions Cup pre-season tournament, and not any sort of independent 'Dublin Decider' fixture. +more Barcelona won the game 3-1.

Abandoned UEFA Euro 2020 hosting

On 19 September 2014, UEFA announced that the stadium would host four fixtures in the Euro 2020 finals tournament, three of which would be group games and, the fourth, a round of 16 matches. Had Ireland qualified they would have been guaranteed two home group games. +more As Aviva was not a commercial partner of the Euro 2020 tournament, the stadium would have been referred to as the Dublin Arena throughout. However, the COVID-19 pandemic intervened and UEFA postponed the tournament until 2021 (though UEFA retained the tournament's original name). Restrictions still in force after the pandemic's Third Wave struck the Republic of Ireland, killing thousands in the early part of 2021, meant that Dublin and the Aviva Stadium were unable to fulfil their hosting duties to UEFA's satisfaction and, therefore, the stadium lost its Euro 2020 host rights. The announcement, which came on 23 April 2021, allocated Dublin's three group games to the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and Dublin's originally scheduled last 16 tie to Wembley Stadium in London, England.

On 16 July 2021, the UEFA Executive Committee announced that due to the withdrawal of hosting rights for Euro 2020, the Aviva Stadium was given hosting rights for the 2024 UEFA Europa League Final. This was part of a settlement agreement by UEFA to recognise the efforts and financial investment made to host UEFA Euro 2020.

Other events

American football

On 1 September 2012, the stadium hosted an American college football game billed as the Emerald Isle Classic between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Navy Midshipmen. Notre Dame won 50-10.

The 2016 Aer Lingus College Football Classic was announced as a matchup between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Boston College Eagles to be played on 3 September 2016. The result was a 17-14 win by the Yellow Jackets.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Northwestern Wildcats kicked off their 2022 seasons at the Aviva Stadium with Northwestern winning 31-28. It was also confirmed that Notre Dame would once again play Navy in the Aer Lingus College Football Classic at the Aviva Stadium on 26 August 2023.

American Football Games
DateCompetitionHomeScoreAwayAttendance
-1 September 2012Emerald Isle ClassicNotre Dame Fighting Irish50-10Navy Midshipmen
-3 September 2016Aer Lingus College Football ClassicGeorgia Tech Yellow Jackets17-14Boston College Eagles
-27 August 2022Aer Lingus College Football ClassicNorthwestern31-28Nebraska
-26 August 2023Aer Lingus College Football ClassicNotre Dame Fighting IrishNavy Midshipmen

Concerts

Concerts at the Aviva Stadium
DateArtistTourAttendance
24-25 September 2010Michael BubléCrazy Love Tour100,000
25 June 2011Neil DiamondWorld Tour 201150,108
2 July 2011The ScriptScience & Faith Tour47,910
24 July 2012MadonnaThe MDNA Tour33,953
15 September 2012Lady GagaThe Born This Way Ball37,005
14 June 2013Robbie WilliamsTake the Crown Stadium Tour65,000
21 June 2013RihannaDiamonds World Tour48,482
18 September 2013Roger WatersThe Wall Live24,210
1 July 2015AC/DCRock or Bust World Tour50,000
21 June 2016RihannaAnti World Tour29,017
17 June 2017Robbie WilliamsThe Heavy Entertainment Show Tour50,000
25 June 2017Phil CollinsNot Dead Yet Tour37,609
23 June 2018Billy JoelBilly Joel in Concert40,590
22 June 2022Harry StylesLove On Tour
24 June 2022Eagles (band)Hotel California 2020 TourTBA
8-9 July 2022WestlifeThe Wild Dreams Tour

Facilities

The stadium is a bowl shape with four tiers on three sides of the ground; the lower and upper tiers are for general access, the second and third levels feed the second tier for premium tickets and the fourth tier for corporate boxes. The northern end of the stadium, due to its proximity to local housing, incorporates only the lower tier of the bowl. +more This end of the stadium is to be the away stand for football internationals. There is one basement level and seven storeys of floors including ground level. The premium level holds 10,000 spectators, while the box level holds 1,300. The remaining 38,700 seats are shared between the top and bottom tiers. The capacity of the stadium was criticised even before its opening for being too small, particularly in light of the large supporter attendance figures for Irish rugby internationals and football internationals at Croke Park since 2007. The stadium's roof undulates in a wave-like manner so as to avoid blocking light to local residences.

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In popular culture

The children's writer Gerard Siggins has based much of his 'Rugby Spirit' series in the Aviva Stadium. His hero, Eoin Madden, is on a school tour to the ground when he meets Brian Hanrahan, a true-life figure who was the only man ever to die playing sport in Lansdowne Road. +more Hanrahan, a Lansdowne FC rugby player, died when a scrum collapsed during a Leinster Senior Cup game against Trinity in 1928.

The seven books so far published in the series feature frequent visits to the stadium for matches.

Transport connections

The stadium is served by public transport with Bus and DART. More remotely, it may also be reached, following by the Luas and on foot. +more The stadium is inaccessible by car on match days due to a 1 km car-free exclusion zone in operation.

ServiceLocationRoute
Dublin BusPembroke RoadBus routes 4, 7, 7a, 18 - 600-metre walk to stadium entrance
Charlotte QuayBus routes 1, 77a - 1. 2 km walk to stadium entrance
Luas - Green LineCharlemont2. +more2 km walk
Luas - Red LinePoint Village2. 1 km walk
Iarnród Éireann - DARTLansdowne RoadDirect to stadium
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