Irish fans forced to dig deep
August 19, 2010
Ireland will grace the new Aviva Stadium for the first time in November © Getty Images
The Irish Rugby Union have confirmed their autumn international schedule and the price fans will have to pay to watch their team at the recently-opened Aviva Stadium.
Declan Kidney's side will play host to South Africa, New Zealand, Argentina and Samoa in November at the 51,700-capacity stadium built on the site of the old Lansdowne Road ground. And fans wishing to witness the start of a new era for Irish rugby will have to pay a minimum of €340 (£280) to do so.
The IRFU have revealed that tickets for the four internationals will be sold as a package and, "any person wishing to purchase a ticket for any one of the games must also purchase the same ticket for the other three games."
A ticket for Ireland's opener against the Springboks on November 6 will cost €100 (£82) with the Irish Times reporting that a similar ticket for the corresponding match at Croke Park last year costing around €80 (£66). Due to the significance of the game, South Africa have waived the visiting team's right to wear their home jersey, allowing Ireland to appear in their regular green kit.
Tickets for the clash with the All Blacks will also cost €100 with the games against Argentina and Samoa costing €90 and €50 respectively. The ticketing policy has been greeted with concern by fans citing the current state of the Irish economy and the fact that €191m of taxpayers' money was used to fund the construction of the €410m stadium.
TV broadcaster RTÉ will have live coverage of all four matches in Ireland with UK rights yet to be confirmed.
Ireland's November internationals:
Saturday, November 6
Saturday, November 13
Saturday, November 20
Sunday, November 28
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