AVIVA STADIUM OFFICIALLY OPENS

The new Aviva Stadium at Lansdowne Road, Dublin, was officially unveiled to the world yesterday.

It will be the new home for Ireland’s international rugby and soccer teams and is a joint venture by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and the Football Association of Ireland (FAI).

The state of the art 50,000-seater stadium took less than three years to build costing €410 million, well within budget.

John Delaney, chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland said: “I want to thank our loyal supporters who have followed our teams through thick and thin from the days of the old Lansdowne Road and I look forward to welcoming them to a new fortress for Irish football at Aviva Stadium.”

Planning permission for the new stadium was received in March 2007 with work on site beginning two months later in May with the demolition of the old Lansdowne Road Stadium.

John Delaney, chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland said: “I want to thank our loyal supporters who have followed our teams through thick and thin from the days of the old Lansdowne Road and I look forward to welcoming them to a new fortress for Irish football at Aviva Stadium.”

President of the Irish Rugby Football Union, John Callaghan said: “This venue has been the home of Irish rugby since 1878 and rooted in those 132 years is the celebration and joy for the Irish rugby community that today we are back in our spiritual home.

“The unveiling of this magnificent new facility marks the dawning of an exciting new era on the Irish sporting landscape.

“Together we shared a dream in the common interest of sport. Today we have realised it!”

 

Posted on 15/05/2010