The brand new Aviva Stadium hosted its first match yesterday in dramatic fashion.

A capacity crowd filled the 50,000-seater stadium witnessing a Leinster and Ulster side cruise to a 68-0 victory over a Munster and Connacht selection.

The €410 million venue in Dublin is built on the old Lansdowne Road site which hosted Irish rugby and football since 1878.

Football fans will get the chance to sample the new stadium when an Airtricity League XI plays a Manchester Utd selection next Wednesday.

The following week, the Irish national football team will christen Aviva Stadium as they take on Argentina, in a friendly international ahead of the European qualifiers later in 2010.

Posted on 01/08/2010