Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road, Dublin Arena)
|1300 (VIP seats)|
|11 000 (Business seats)|
|Construction||03.2007 - 05.2010|
|Design||Populous, Scott Tallon Walker|
|Address||62 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4, Dublin, Ireland|
Description: Aviva Stadium
There's quite a task ahead of successor of the legendary Lansdowne Road Stadium. It seems though that the new ground is fit for the challenge. Aviva Stadium, built in the place of destroyed predecessor in 2007-2010, retained traditional shape with northern stand being much smaller than all the rest. That's not only a historical reference, but a real necessity. Construction raised too high in this part of the ground would block sunlight for local residents, living in homes just several meters from the venue.
Apart from the form, unique in global scale, proper lighting is also guaranteed by transparent roof and facade made of glass „louvers”. This solution was the idea of Populous and Scott Tallon Walker architects, who worked together on the project.
Investment of €410mln was backed with public money, but the major shares are private and come from the Irish rugby and football FA's (IRFA and FAI). Both institutions decided to split their shares 50:50 for the first 60 years of the ground's existence and if the deal is not renegotiated afterward, the whole ground goes back to IRFA, who previously were the sole owners of Lansdowne Road.
For the vast amount of money Dublin received a new sporting heart to host major events, not only in national scale. After less than a year in operation, venue hosted the Europa League final, after being very positively received by UEFA. Capacity of slightly over 51,000 seats accommodates a massive 12,300 corporate clients in a premium seating tier (2nd level) and a ring of skyboxes mounted above it.
These premium seats split the remaining “regular” fans, who are based on the first and third tiers. Both the excessive corporate facilities and naming rights deal (first decade of existence was bought by Aviva insurance company) are supposed to allow for the investment to pay back.
Dublin: Vodafone supplied Aviva Stadium with fast Internet
Over 250 antennas, 20km of cables and tests confirming that 40,000 people may use their mobiles at once. That’s the latest upgrade at Aviva Stadium, carried out by Vodafone.
Dublin: Aviva Stadium goes green
From 2016 onwards the national stadium of Ireland won’t have carbon emissions. The building will be supplied with wind energy to satisfy 100% of its demands.
Euro Qualifiers: England, Poland and Germany on top
Perhaps surprisingly, the three most-supported national teams during Euro 2016 qualifiers were England, Poland and Germany. In that order! Italy and Spain left well behind, while Austria strived.
Euro 2020: UEFA’s safe choice of hosts
There’s hardly any surprise in the list of 13 host cities. Sure, Saint Petersburg is included despite Russia’s aggression. Sure, Stockholm is out and Baku has quarterfinals, but that wasn’t hard to predict.
Euro 2020: All 19 bids evaluated by UEFA
It seems Wembley may prepare the champagne for next Friday. Russia and Israel are in a disturbing political situation, while Macedonia, Bulgaria and Belarus are the underdogs unlikely to get a piece of Euro 2020.
Euro 2020: Complete list of 19 bidding stadiums
Despite over 30 countries expressing interest initially, the final bidding list is short and will see only 6 bids rejected. Which will it be? Here are all stadiums submitted as candidates.
Champions League: Celtic forced to play in Edinburgh?
Should ‘The Bhoys’ win Scottish Premier League title, and any other scenario would be a surprise, they will fight for Champions League spot. But qualifying games coincide with 2014 Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow…
Dublin: Aviva Stadium still in the red
New Stadium Ltd., company managing Ireland's national stadium, revealed a €2.3 million loss for 2012. Statistics are slightly better than for 2011, but a lot of effort still needs to be made, Independent.ie informs.
Euro 2020: All you need to know about interested countries
Or, in other words, all we were able to find digging a lot deeper than just the brief info released by UEFA. It took us a while, but this is – according to our knowledge – the most comprehensive analysis of Euro 2020 potential bids.
Dublin: UEFA gives FAI a helping hand with Aviva Stadium
It’s not clear how much, but UEFA covered part of the long-term debt Irish football association used to finance Aviva Stadium. Is FAI drowning or just going through a difficult period?
Ireland: Home fans helping Austrians in need
A young Austrian couple travelled for the 2014 World Cup qualifier to Dublin and got mugged one day before the game. They lost money, papers and Aviva Stadium tickets. But one phone call away they found not only help, but a piece of adventure!
England: Visiting 116 stadiums on a bike, scoot or on feet
He’s neither an away-going supporter, nor a groundhopper. It’s also not a sports discipline, what he’s doing. Steven simply decided to visit 116 venues in England and Wales using his bike, scoot and feet. This is how Football Ground Tour was born.