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Lansdowne Road
Ballsbridge, Dublin, Ireland
ground photo
62 Lansdowne Road
Dublin 4
Dublin
Ireland
Also or formerly known as Aviva Stadium, Dublin Arena
Established 1872
Named after Aviva PLC (global insurance company)
Capacity 51,700
Floodlights Yes
Other sports Football
Time 15:32, Thu Oct 23, 2014 (UTC +0100)
External links Home page
Notes Demolished and rebuilt 2007-2010
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The Aviva Stadium was opened in 2010 on the same site as the previous Lansdowne Road Stadium that was demolished in 2007. It will be used by both the Irish Rugby Football Union and the Football Association of Ireland for all of their home internationals and will have a capacity of 50,000.

The first rugby match to be played at the Aviva was a special exhibition game between a combined Leinster/Ulster and Munster/Connacht sides on Saturday July 31 and it's first competitive international saw South Africa win 23-21 over Ireland.

In March 2011, England saw their grand-slam hopes shattered at the Aviva Stadium as Ireland defeated them in the final game of the 2011 Six Nations 24-8.

In June 2011 it was announced that the stadium will host the 2013 Heineken Cup Final.

There had been criticism levelled at the capacity of the ground, particularly in light of sell-out crowds of over 80,000 at the GAA's headquarters Croke Park - Ireland's temporary home during the construction of the new stadium.

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Mar 18, 2011
Lansdowne Road bathed in the Dublin sunshine
Lansdowne Road bathed in the Dublin sunshine
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Mar 18, 2011
England run through a lineout at Lansdowne Road
England run through a lineout at Lansdowne Road
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May 14, 2010
Ireland coach Declan Kidney admires the view at the Aviva Stadium
Ireland coach Declan Kidney admires the view at the Aviva Stadium
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May 14, 2010
An outside view of the new Aviva Stadium
An outside view of the new Aviva Stadium
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