Basically, as is their right, the IRFU give their tickets for home internationals away to the rugby clubs, debenture holders, schools and other sponsors in Ireland. Away fans get an allocation but they too go to their respective rugby clubs, etc.
There are numerous other alternatives when it comes to getting a ticket. Ticket websites are worth trying.
Touts are usually found on the roads around the stadium, although Lansdowne Road itself just by the gates is usually the best place to go. Fans who arrive the night before should consider asking in the pubs around Grafton Street, Lower Baggot Street, and early in the evening in Temple Bar.
Tickets for non-6 Nations are usually easier to come by through the IRFU, though the IRFU are prone to packaging tickets. In November 2010 it tried to sell tickets for the November tests as a package for all four matches. This backfired spectacularly when only 35,515 turned out for the South Africa game, and the IRFU had to back away from this plan amid heavy criticism.
Ireland World Cup jersey : 65 euros
Ireland beanie hat: 15 euros
Replica ball : 15 euros
Ireland scarf : 22 euros
Autograph kit : 1 euro
Eating and Drinking in the Stadium
The stadium has nine kitchens and 400 fast-pour dispensers able to gush out 2,000 pints a minute in its 11 fully-stocked bars- it is the first stadium to have Guinness on fast-pour (six seconds)
Pint of Guinness: 5 euro’s
Pint of Carlsberg : 5.40 euro’s
Glass of House Wine: 6 euro’s
Gourmet Burger: 6.50 euro’s
Plain Burger : 5 euro’s
Portion of Chips : 4 euro’s
Eating and Drinking near the Stadium:
Much of the match day atmosphere focuses on the pubs around Grafton Street and those that litter the route used by the majority of fans to get to the Aviva.
The Long Hall in South George Street, The Old Stand and The International on Exchequer Street, and the famous Davy Byrne's on Duke Street are the most well known pubs where rugby fans drink.
On the way to the ground Sinnott's Bar, in Stephens Green Shopping Centre on South King Street, has one of the best rugby atmospheres in Dublin.
Other places to Eat and Drink:
No 2 Bath Avenue
(+3) 531 664 3648
A New York-style deli that’s reportedly a hit with the Ireland players
7 Ballsbridge Terrace
(+3) 531 668 2611
From steaks to stir-fry’s, this popular restaurant does it all
(+3) 531 614 2000
Take a pic next to the famous 14ft bronze lineout sculpture.
Kielys of Donnybrook
22 Donnybrook Road
(+3) 531 283 0209
A great rugby pub, allegedly a great haunt of the Leinster boys
14 Merrion Road
(+3) 531 668 4492
Another belting boozer - and handy meeting point
62 Upper Grand Canal Street
(+3) 531 668 5481
They're always out the door.
Last Updated March 2014
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