Aviva Stadium, Dublin City
The Aviva Stadium was constructed on the site where Lansdowne Road stadium once stood and opened its doors to the public on the 14th May 2010. Henry Wallace Doverton Dunlop, an outstanding young athlete who organised the first All Ireland Athletics Championships was the man whose vision gave life to Lansdowne Road stadium. That vision was to create a purpose built sporting venue and in 1872 this came to fruition.
The original stadium was the oldest of its kind in Europe, playing host to many famous athletes but also to many music artists too, including: Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli and Sammy Davies Junior, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Neil Diamond, Bon Jovi, The Eagles, U2, REM. The old stadium was the home to the Irish national Rugby and Soccer teams and the Aviva has now taken up this mantle. Aside from rugby and soccer fixtures, the now 50,000 capacity stadium continues on the trend as a concert venue with Michale Buble and Neil Diamond performing in 2010 and 2011 respectively. In 2012 the stadium will play host to its first ever American football match, between Notre Dame and Navy.
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