What's The Aviva Stadium Like?
East and North Stands (photo)
South Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
North Stand (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
Fans Stadium Reviews
Aviva Stadium Location Map
|What's The Aviva Stadium Like?|
Having opened its doors for the
first time in May 2010 The Aviva Stadium, which sits
in the Ballsbridge area of the Dublin, around a mile
South of the City Centre and harbour, is the
stunning replacement for the landlocked yet
charismatic 48,000 capacity Lansdowne Road Rugby
Stadium which was demolished in 2007. The new
stadium, which cost €410m to build, was constructed
on the old stadium footprint, and was funded by a
joint venture between the Irish Rugby Football Union
and the Football Association of Ireland, aided by
significant government funding.
|East and North Stands|
|From whichever direction you come from the
first views of the Aviva Stadium present a jaw
dropping spectacle, especially when viewed from
outside the street corner pubs along Grand Canal
the green seating and white roof steelwork of the East Stand's Upper Tier is visible, towering over the neighbouring housing estate, or approaching along the River Dodder footpath where it would appear a giant shiny spaceship has landed in the suburbs! Closer to the ground however fans can face a slightly bewildering experience working out where they are in relation to the colour of their ticket.
The North & West sides of the stadium are accessed by walkways which lead through and around the surrounding housing. To make things more complicated the Dart Railway Line originally ran below the seating deck of the old West stand, and a new structure had to be built to cover the railway line whilst construction work on the new ground begun. This is why when you access the entrances to the West Stand there is a series of stairs and escalators leading up to a Podium, sitting on top of the railway tunnel. They key thing to enjoying the match day experience is to arrive early and understand the overall layout of the surrounding streets and their entrance points-these will be printed on the reverse of your ticket. The roads surrounding the stadium are subject to a series of “vehicle exclusion points” 2 hours prior to kick off which effectively allow fans walking from Dublin City Centre or alighting at the Dart Line Station of Lansdowne Road the full width of the road and paths to access the entrances. It is certainly a helpful aid to not have to worry about dodging in and out of traffic, and it is these streets that you will really start to experience the pre-match atmosphere building but even so you can imagine fans arriving at Lansdowne Road Dart Station on the South side, with 15 minutes before kick off with a Red Ticket for the Bath Avenue Entrance on the North side, even with guidance from the stewards it may not be possible for these fans to reach their seats by kick off time, just down to the sheer numbers of people walking around the outside of the stadium at this time. Once inside the ground however any problems encountered on the outside are soon forgotten, with every seat offering an unobstructed view of the game. The overall pitch itself is enormous, possibly to cater for the stadium to host as many floor standing spectators as possible at a concert (for which The Aviva Stadium can hold 65,000) but this means the playing area for football, and indeed Rugby games can look small with the touchline too far from the East Stand and specifically the West Stand since it incorporates a wide technical area leading from the players tunnel.
However the elevated views of the pitch from Level 3 or 5 are just about perfect, with leg room pretty good too. As with Wembley Stadium the Level 5 Upper Tier of The West, South and East Stands has a much steeper seating deck, so when you sit down you don’t see as much of the person who sits in front of you! Whilst on the subject of overall design a special word of praise should go to the architect for two things-installing elevated disabled viewing areas at the top of the seating deck of Level 1 and Level 3 and incredibly also at Level 5,offering possibly the most elevated position for a wheelchair user at any football ground. The outer shell for the stadium was also very well-conceived, allowing both natural light through the roof onto the seating deck and also making the rear concourses at Level 3 & 5 as light and roomy as possible.
As far as we are aware when the Irish Republic Football Team plays International fixtures at the Aviva Stadium away fans are allocated the North Stand, which is accessed from the Red Ticket entrance walkway on Bath Avenue, to the side of the housing estate. Every seat has an unobstructed view or the pitch, and there is also a good number of spaces for wheelchair users along pitch side however there are a couple of drawbacks to being seated on this side of the ground. The North Stand's roof, designed specifically to be as low and as unobtrusive as possible to the housing estate which sits behind it, doesn’t really overhang the seating in any way, so if it rains expect a soaking and this also in turn means any kind of atmosphere generated by fans tends to leave the ground rather than echoing back down from the roof. Other than that, facing out onto three tiers of passionate Irish Support in one of the most modern stadiums in the world. What could be better?
| South Stand
|Where To Drink?|
majority of fans selecting to use the Dart Line
train from Dublin Connolly and then alighting at
either Grand Canal Dock or Lansdowne Road the
main hub of activity is along the main stadium
approach road between the two areas-Grand Canal
Street Lower leading towards Shelbourne Road. Here
you will find a good selection of street corner
pubs, restaurants, fish and chip shops and
convenience stores to keep you entertained. Grand
Canal Street is around five minutes walk from the
Blue and Orange ticket West Stand entrances along
Shelbourne Road. Inside the ground Levels 1 to
5 have wide concourse with a good selection of
food and drink.
|How To Get There And Where To Park|
|Traffic is notoriously
bed in the area on matchdays and coupled with road
closures (up to 1km away) and parking restrictions
around the stadium, then is it best to travel by
train, or if you still intend to drive then perhaps
consider parking in one of the city centre car parks
and then walking out to the stadium.
Map showing the location of the Aviva Stadium Dublin (at the bottom of this page).
|The stadium has its own
railway station called Lansdowne Raod and is on the
Dart line. This
line runs through Dublin such as Dublin Connolly, Tara
Street and Dublin Pearse. You will need to board a
Southbound train heading towards Bray, or Greystones.
Once at the Lansdowne Road platform you will see the
South Stand direct ahead of you. For West stand
turnstiles head to the left over the level crossing,
East Stand and North Stand turnstiles can be reached
by walking to the right away from the level crossing,
passing the main reception, then walking round the
outside of the stadium opposite the training pitch.
There are daily tours
of the stadium accept on bank holidays, match and
event days. The tours cost Adults €10, OAP's and
Tours can be booked by calling (+353) 01 238 2300 or
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