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The venerable Lansdowne Road (Irish: Bóthar Lansdún) Stadium was built in the early 19th century. It hosted its first international rugby match in 1878 and therefore it is now the world's oldest international stadium.

When it was closed in 2007, Lansdowne Road held ca. 50,000 spectators with 25,000 seats. It regularly hosted international matches of the Irish National Football Team and the Irish Rugby Football Union. The legendary World Cup Qualifier on 1 September 2001, that was broadcast on the screens at Slane Castle, also took place at Lansdowne Road. In addition, the stadium was regularly used for concert events. Apart from U2, other bands as e.g. R.E.M., The Eagles, Oasis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Corrs performed here.

As part of their Popmart-Tour, U2 performed two shows at Lansdowne Road on 30 and 31 August 1997.

In early 2007, Lansdowne Road Stadium was closed and demolished. On the 14th of May 2010 the fully new Aviva Stadium was opened. The new fully-seated stadium will hold 50,000 spectators (for comparison - prior to demolition: 49,250 spectators for rugby matches, 36,000 for international football matches).


Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4


Dublinkarte Nr. 20 | Very easy to reach for tourists and visitors via train. Directly in front of the stadium is an station called 'Lansdowne Road'


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