Heineken Cup semi final for Aviva Stadium?


In what could be a huge, and largely unexpected, boost for hotels near Dublin’s Aviva stadium, it has been revealed today that this year’s Heineken Cup final venue could also play host to a semi-Final if Ulster overcome Saracens in the last 8.

Toulon or Leicester Tigers will play the winners of this weekend’s quarter final with home advantage going to either Ulster or Saracens. Ulster have confirmed that if they have home advantage the game will be played at the Aviva.

Heineken Cup final for Aviva Stadium


Hotels near the Aviva stadium in Dublin got a welcome boost today with the announcement by the ERC that the European Rugby Cup Final (Currently known as the Heineken Cup) will take place at the Dublin venue in 2013.

It will be tenth anniversary of the first and only time that the Heineken Cup final was played at the old Lansdowne Road stadium, the site of the current Aviva Stadium.

In a statement announcing the decision, ERC chief executive Derek McGrath said “The Aviva Stadium is a world-class venue which has quickly established a close affinity with the Heineken Cup having staged three matches last season”…..”Ireland has provided four Heineken Cup champions in the past six seasons and Irish rugby is steeped in the history of the tournament since it began 16 years ago.”

Unfortunately the final in 2003 was very poorly attended due to the finalists both being from France. Wouldn’t it be a great if Munster and Leinster were to battle it out in 2013?

Ireland win Nations Cup at Aviva Stadium


The Republic of Ireland collected a piece of silverware last night when they won the Carling Nations Cup at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. On the way the Irishd  captain, Robbie Keane, drew drew level with Bobby Charlton on the goal-scoring charts to be come joint highest scoring UK or Irish player ever at international level with 49 goals.

Keane also became only the second Irish captain ever to receive an international trophy at senior level.

The Carling Nations Cup was very poorly attended with empty stands clearly visible on TV for most games. Not the bonanza that hotels near the Aviva Stadium were expecting when it was announced that the tournament would be based at the state of the art Dublin venue, one suspects.

Busy week at the Aviva Stadium


The Aviva Stadium, Dublin’s newest sporting venue is this week hosting three separate competitive international matches. Two of these are Soccer internationals with the Carling Nations Cup kicking off on Tuesday night with a game between Ireland and Wales followed by Northern Ireland versus Scotland on Wednesday night.

However, the big game of the week is in the Rugby Union Six nations Championship where Ireland take on France on Sunday.

It is rare enough that there would be two international games in Dublin on the same week but none of us here can recollect atime previously whe there were three. Consequently, we have seen a huge surge in enquiries for hotels near the aviva stadium over the last few days.

If Ireland are successful on Sunday, then we expect a similar level of interest for Ireland against England on Saturday march 19th!

Inter Milan to play at the Aviva Stadium


2010 European champions Internazionale Milan are set to be the first high profile team confirmed for a pre-season tournament due to take place at Dublin’s new Aviva Stadium next Summer.

According to the FAI, Inter will take on an Airtricity League 11 along with several other top European sides when the event gets underway in Late July/Early August 2011.

The tournament, which will be the first venture in a ten-year agreement between the FAI and media company Endemol Sport, is certain to bring supporters flocking to hotels near the Aviva Stadium creating huge demand for hotel rooms.

“Inter Milan start the exciting line up of participating clubs and we look forward to unveiling more top sides in the coming weeks,” said chief executive of the FAI , John Delaney.

International rugby debut at the Aviva Stadium


Rugby Union makes its international debut at the revamped lansdowne road, The Aviva Stadium, today when Ireland take on world champions South Africa.
Despite the IRFU this week admitting that they have priced fans out of this year’s autumn internationals, there is a great atmosphere expected as international rugby returns to its Dublin 4 home.

South Africa have several big names missing for today’s clash, but Declan Kidney is taking nothing for granted; “They have changes in their team, but when you look at the rugby population they have, who’s to know if the guys who have come over might not be the ones who end up holding down a place?” warned the Corkman, “Every tour throws up something and I’m sure this one will throw up combinations for South Africa that might make them even stronger.”

Whatever the outcome of the game, the resumption of games in Lansdowne Road is a welcome boost to hotels near the aviva stadium who have seen the centre of gravity of Rugby weekends migrate towards Dublin city centre and northside over the last four years.

England Soccer team to come to Aviva Stadium?


IT was reported in this morning’s Telegraph in the UK that plans are being put in place for the first visit of the English Soccer team to Ireland since the infamous game at Lansdowne Rd in 1995 that was stopped by rioting after Ireland took the lead.

Ireland, who have played all competitive fixtures at Croke Park since 2007 due to the renovation of Lansdowne Road, are to officially re-open the 50,000-seat Aviva stadium against (possible World Champions) Argentina on Aug 11

Football Association of Ireland (FAI) officials are determined to stage a series of high-profile fixtures at the newley built stadium in an effort to fund their estimated €74million investment and attracting England to Dublin would prove lucrative to both the FAI and the English Football Association through ticket sales and television revenue.

The Aviva Stadium stands on the same site as the old Lansdowne Road stadium, the scene of the riots in 1995. The Riots were recently featured at number 3 on RTE’s program; 20 moments that rocked Irish Sport: