The Rugby Groud Guide

The Aviva Stadium - The Basics

 

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Introduction       There are many surprising things about the Aviva Stadium, not least the fact that almost everybody else calls it that. After 134 cherished years of Lansdowne Road, changing the name of the home of Irish rugby was like asking a parent to rechristen their only child. A strong ad campaign by Aviva (who have a ten-year naming rights deal) was helpful, so to the "detachment" created by Ireland's three-year residency at Croke Park while the new ground was being built. But the biggest factor behind the successful rebranding of the nation's best-loved patch of grass is the sheer contemporariness of the stadium.

There is no denying that a rugby weekend in Dublin is one of the most traditional oval-ball pilgrimages. The Guinness flows from every bar and it is impossible to envisage a better city in the world in which to celebrate or commiserate with your mates with the black stuff.

However, let's now explode a few myths, because that is about the best you're going to get from the fair city of Dublin. The Irish capital is not for the faint-hearted and if you have any pretensions of doing anything else other than getting inebriated on various Guinness-orientated drinks, then Dublin is probably not for you.

               

City: Dublin

Country:  Eire

Ground Opened: As Lansdowne Road 1876

                                As Aviva Stadium 2010

Stadium Name  Aviva Stadium

Stadium Address

                62 Lansdowne Road

                Dublin 4

               

Telephone          (+3) 531 238 2300

Website               www.avivastadium.ie

E-Mail   info@avivastadium.ie

Capacity               51,700

 

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/AVIVAStadium

Twitter:

@AVIVAStadium

Fixtures:

www.avivastadium.ie/whatson

 

 

               

 

 

Updated March 2014

 

Copyright Miles & miles Publishing 2014

 

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