Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, isn't only one of the newest and most modern European sports venues, but it's also among the best to take in a sports event or concert. Opened in 2010 and located near the Lansdowne Road railway station, the site plays host primarily to soccer and rugby matches and can seat up to 51,700 people for sports events and 65,000 for concerts. The stadium is characterized by its unique bowl shape and the wave-like appearance of its roof.
History and Details
Aviva Stadium is constructed on the site of a former sports and entertainment venue, Lansdowne Road Stadium, which was torn down in 2007 to make way for a new venue. Aviva Stadium, which is located at 62 Lansdowne Rd, cost about 410 million euros to construct and was officially inaugurated on May 14, 2010.
Today, Aviva Stadium serves as host to two main tenants: the Republic of Ireland football team and the Irish rugby union team. Aside from these two teams, the stadium has also hosted a slew of other sports and entertainment events. For instance, in 2010 it hosted the Europa League final. It also served as the host venue for the first Nations Cup in 2011 and hosted a college football game between Notre Dame and Navy in 2012.
In terms of concerts, musical artist Michael Bublé drew more than 95,000 fans for his Crazy Love Tour over two days in September 2010; Neil Diamond played to 50,100 fans in 2011; and other notable artists, such as Roger Waters, Lady Gaga and Madonna, have also played shows at the venue.
Getting to Aviva Stadium can be a little bit troublesome, especially on match days. That's because there's a 1-kilometer car-free zone around the site as a means of not inconveniencing local residents. Hence, the best way to get to the stadium is via public transportation. Aviva Stadium is accessible by both bus and rail. The Dublin bus has stops at Pembroke Road and Charlotte Quay, which offers event-goers manageable walks to the stadium, and the Green Line has a stop at the Charlemont station, a 2.2-kilometer walk to the venue. The DART is another option, and provides direct transportation to Aviva Stadium.