Sports Bar – Stadiums in Ireland to Host the RWC 2015
If you are a rugby fan and on tenterhooks regarding the upcoming Rugby World Cup, then you should
really pay a visit to these stadiums. These behemoths are all set to host the big game and will do
wonders for your spectator experience. Here are some of the best ones in Ireland:
Aviva Stadium – Dublin, Ireland
This is a massive sports stadium located right here in Dublin, Ireland and can hold almost 52,000
spectators at one time. It was erected over the former Lansdowne Road Stadium that was torn down
way back in 2007 which used to be home to the Irish Rugby Union. Aviva is based right next to a railway
station and is now owned by the Aviva Group Ireland.
Did you know that this stadium is also considered Ireland’s one and only UEFA Elite Stadium? It even
hosted the Europa League Final once and hosted the Nations Cup when it came into being the first time.
This includes the national rugby team, football team along with other home teams since 2010.
Aviva Stadium is shared and owned by the IRFU as well as the FAI or Football Association of Ireland
straight down the middle. The facility is shaped like a bowl and comprises of 4 tiers on 3 sides. The
premium level can hold approximately 10k spectators at a time and the box level, 1,300 at a time. The
remaining are shared by the remaining 2 tiers at the top and at the bottom.
Kingspan Stadium – Belfast, Northern Ireland
Formerly known as Ravenhill, this massive beauty is based in Belfast and is the proud owner of Ulster
Rugby. Since a new stand was introduced, it can now hold an impressive 18,000+ spectators at a time.
The stadium is currently owned by the Irish Rugby Football Union and has quite the colourful history.
Ravenhill stadium first opened its doors back in 1923 as a memorial for our war heroes who sacrificed
their lives for their nation during World War I and II. Before that significant year, the grounds of the
Royal Ulster Agricultural Society would play host to rugby matches for Ulster and Ireland. Before it came
under new management and was renamed to Kingspan Stadium, Ravenhill had the privilege of hosting
18 global matches which included pool games in the early ’91 and ‘99’s Rugby World Cup.
From 2012 to 2014, the stadium underwent heavy reconstruction which expanded its capacity from
12,000 to 18,000 along with 3 new stands. Needless to say new and old rugby fans in Northern Ireland
are in for a real treat during this World Cup.
If you prefer intimate gatherings, then a sports bar would prove equally as exciting. With mouth watering delicacies in one of the best gastropub in Dublin, great live music and great people, Trinity Bar Venue can be one of your main watering holes during the match.