Lansdowne Road Stadium, Dublin, Ireland discussion
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Lansdowne Road Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
Lansdowne Road is the traditional home of both rugby union in Ireland and since the eclipse of Dalymount Park, of football as well. As well as being the oldest surviving international rugby venue it is also the second oldest international football venue still in regular use after the Millennium Stadium. It is owned by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), and has a total capacity of 49,250. However, competitive international football matches cannot use the entire capacity because the stands at both ends of the ground (North and South) are standing-room terraces. FIFA and UEFA both mandate that international matches be played in all-seated venues; this reduces the capacity of Lansdowne Road to about 35,000 for competitive football matches. The International Rugby Board does not impose this restriction on international rugby venues. For non competitive international football matches (friendly matches), the Uefa mandate does not apply.
In the IRFU grounds, Irish rugby and soccer international matches are played. The ground is also home to Wanderers and Lansdowne Rugby clubs. Leinster have also used the ground on a number of occassions when crowd size has meant their traditional home of Donnybrook is not large enough. In 1999 and 2003 Landsdowne road played host to the Heineken Cup final. Since 1990, Lansdowne has also hosted the FAI Cup Final The grounds have also occasionally been used for music concerts. The stadium is set to be redeveloped by 2008 creating a 50,000 all-seater soccer and rugby stadium. The redevelopment of the stadium was finally announced in January 2004 at a cost of approximately €255 million; of this, €167 million will come from the Irish government, with the remainder paid by the IRFU and Football Association of Ireland.
The one in the image is now no more!! The redevelopment is well advanced and the first matches are expected to be played in the new Landsdowne Rd in 2009.
Originally Posted by GEHFileBot
Some additional info - the redevelopment was not without controversy. The city of Dublin contains another stadium - Croke Park, owned by the Irish Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). It was extensively re-developed in recent years and can hold over 80,000. It's redevelopment was subsidised by the government, it happens to be in the area where the Prime Minister is the representative in the Parliament!! However the GAA is a rather political organisation, it was founded at a time and for the purpose of providing athletic activity of an Irish nature, to the point where if you were a member you were prohibited from playing rugby, hockey or cricket, considered as the games of the British garrisons in Ireland at that time. That rule has been removed but the GAA were reluctant to offer their stadium for rugby while Landsdowne Rd was being re-developed. However they finally agreed and a rugby match was played in Croke Park for the first time in 2006. In that year also a rugby match was played in Croke Park against England, an emotional event because in the original Croke Park in the 1920s English troops had fired on supporters of a GAA match......
Just a little history...