Rugby Hospitality Packages At The Aviva Stadium
The Aviva Stadium, built on the site of the oldest sports stadium in Europe, Lansdowne Road, reopened its glimmering doors on May 14, 2010.
The award-winning venue is home to the Irish national rugby and Republic of Ireland national football teams.
Located in the Ballsbridge suburb of Dublin, it has a seated capacity of 51,700 with continuous curvilinear-shaped stands sweeping all four sides.
The original multi discipline ground was in existence since 1872. In its old incarnation, prior to closure in December 2006, it was the oldest rugby union ground in the world.
The South, East and West stands have four tiers of seating for spectators. The bottom and top tiers provide for the main body of fans. The second tier offers facilities for premium ticket holders and the third tier comprises corporate boxes. The northern end of the stadium, due to its proximity to local housing, incorporates only the lower tier of the bowl.
There are 10,000 seats at premium level and a further 1,300 at box level.
The redeveloped stadium – construction took three years starting 2007 – is designed to provide superb facilities not alone for spectators but also for players, the media and the many support personnel needed to stage events.
There are excellent hospitality facilities throughout the ground including three restaurants serving 1,500 covers, nine kitchens, and 69 kiosks and bars, with a capacity to serve 90,000 pints.
The Irish are thirsty fellows!
The creation of Lansdowne Road Stadium was the vision of Henry William Dunlop, an outstanding young athlete who organised the first All Ireland Athletics Championships.
His vision was to develop a purpose built sporting venue and this he achieved.
The original complex included a cinder track for athletics, a cricket pitch, a croquet green, three football pitches and facilities for archery and lawn tennis. The first rugby match played at the ground was an inter provincial between Leinster and Ulster. The first rugby international followed in 1878.
In the early 1900s the Irish Rugby Football Union secured the lease of Lansdowne Road from the Pembroke Estate and it was at this time that a plan was conceived to change the orientation of the stadium to North/South from East/West. It saw the first stand built in 1908.
While Dunlop had conceived Lansdowne as a multi-purpose venue the ground soon became synonymous with rugby – although even in the 1950s a crowd of 40,000 witnessed Olympic gold medalist Ronnie Delany run there in an international athletics meeting.
It was during the 1980s that the Irish soccer team also made Lansdowne Road its home albeit the first football international at the stadium took place in 1971 when Ireland played Italy in a friendly.
The old stadium had a long and proud history of hosting world class athletics and sports events but was also a venue for some of the world’s best artists including Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli, Sammy Davies Junior, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Neil Diamond, Bon Jovi, The Eagles, U2, and REM.
Concerts remain a money-spinner as increasingly does conference business.
Aviva Group Ireland signed a 10-year deal for the naming rights in 2009.
And in this environmentally conscious era the stadium has high sustainability built into it – for example, a rainwater harvesting system for pitch irrigation via a 320,000 litre tank.
Makes for a fantastic experience and a fun weekend stay. Irish rugby hospitality is the best.