A visit to Aviva Stadium will give you a feel for Irish people’s passion for sport. Join about 50,000 other fans for a rugby match or football (soccer) game at this stadium on Lansdowne Road. If sport isn’t your thing, come for a concert; big name acts such as Rihanna and Michael Jackson have performed at Aviva Stadium.
Plan a visit to Aviva Stadium to attend a sporting match or concert, or to join a tour. Guided tours take you behind the scenes to see this architectural landmark from several points of view, and teach visitors about the history of Irish sport. Plan ahead, as tours are not available on days when the stadium is hosting a game, concert, or other event.
Things to Know Before You Go:
- Aviva Stadium is a popular attraction for travelers interested in sports, local history, and architecture.
- Tours are only available when the stadium is empty and not hosting a game or event.
- Plan to arrive early on game day as entrances to the stadium can be crowded.
- This stadium is open-air, so be prepared for the weather with warm, waterproof clothes.
- The stadium is near many neighborhood pubs where you can enjoy drinks or a meal after the match.
How to Get There
Aviva Stadium is located on Lansdowne Road, about 15 minutes away from St. Stephen’s Green by taxi. The DART train runs directly to the stadium (get off at the Lansdowne Road Station). Travelers seeking a scenic walk can stroll from St. Stephen’s Green to Aviva Stadium in about 30 minutes.
When to Get There
Games and events are hosted year-round at Aviva Stadium. One of the most highly anticipated series of matches is the annual Six Nations Rugby Tournament held every February and March. Summer is a popular season for concerts.
History and Sports
Aviva Stadium opened in 2010, replacing the historic Lansdowne Road Stadium. Back in 1873, this site hosted one of the first international sporting contests.