Lansdowne Road

  • Rugby Union World Cup 1991
  • Rugby Union World Cup 1999

Lansdowne Road (Irish bóthar Lansdún ) was a stadium in Dublin, Ireland. It was owned by the Irish Rugby Football Union and was used primarily for rugby union games, but also for individual major football matches and concerts. It was the oldest rugby stadium in the world, took place in which up to its demolition nor international games.

The stadium was located on the same street in the southeastern district of Ballsbridge. In absolute Nearby is the station of the suburban railway Lansdowne Road Dublin Area Rapid Transit ( DART). The tracks run directly underneath the West Stand.


Lansdowne Road was the home of the Irish Rugby Union Team and the Irish national football team. In addition, the provincial team Leinster Rugby important in games with a large audience interested in here when their own stadium Donnybrook Rugby Ground is proving to be too small. 1999 and 2003, the final of the Heineken Cup was held here. From 1990 until its demolition in 2007 and the final of the FAI Cup was held here.

Among the musicians that have occurred at the Lansdowne Road stadium, include U2, REM, Eagles, Oasis, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Corrs.


The idea for the construction of the stadium had the engineer Henry Wallace Doveton Dunlop, the organizer of the first Irish Athletics Championships was. In 1871 he founded the Irish Champion Athletic Club. After the first event in the grounds of Trinity College, Provost of the College forbade any further events. Dunlop had to look for another site and found a vacant piece of land at Lansdowne Road. He leased the land for a term of 69 years and at a cost of 60 pounds a year and there was an athletics running track and a tennis club build.

In 1872, Dunlop Lansdowne Football Club, which has since then played on the grounds of Rugby Union and has developed into one of the most successful clubs from Leinster. A little later the Wanderers Football Club was at home here. Rugby was thus soon is the most important force exerted on Lansdowne Road sport and on 11 March 1878, Ireland's first international match against England took place here. About nine years later took over the Irish Rugby Football Union ( IRFU ) Dunlop lease. In 1908 the IRFU, the first covered stand erect.

The first international football match was held on 17 March 1900, when Ireland lost 1:2 against England. 1926 the team played the Irish Free State against Italy. This was up to the European Cup match between Waterford United and Manchester United in September 1968, the first last official football game at Lansdowne Road.

From the beginning of 2007 the stadium was closed because it was completely rebuilt. Prior to the closure, it had a capacity of 49,250 spectators. However, at international football matches, the capacity could not be fully exploited because the tribunes decreed on the north and on the south side only standing room. The regulations of FIFA and UEFA, however, require that matches must be played in pure -seater stadiums, while the International Rugby Board has no such restrictions.

After the construction work is on Lansdowne Road a pure -seater stadium with a capacity of 50,000 spectators; the arena is named Aviva Stadium. The contract for the naming rights with the British insurance company Aviva goes over ten years. The opening took place in May 2010.