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.
Ground Opened: As Lansdowne Road 1876
As Aviva Stadium 2010
Stadium Name Aviva Stadium
62 Lansdowne Road
Telephone (+3) 531 238 2300
Updated March 2014
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