Aviva Stadium opened Friday in Dublin

Aviva Stadium, , , designed as a result of a collaboration between global architects Populous and Dublin‐based architects, Scott Tallon Walker was officially opened Friday by An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, TD. Aviva Stadium, previously called the Lansdowne Road Stadium, hosted its first game of international rugby in 1878. The 50,000 seat stadium will be used for international rugby and soccer fixtures and as a concert and events venue.

Complete press release after the break.

Commenting on today’s opening, Ben Vickery, Senior Principal of Populous said:

“There are some buildings which are a pleasure to be a part of and Aviva Stadium is definitely one of those special moments. We have striven to design a stadium worthy of the sporting occasions that will take place within it, as well as create a building that works in harmony with the local community and environment. The bold design of Aviva’s roof creates the image of the sky coming down to meet the ground in a reflective crystal bowl.”

The key to the success of the design was the sensitivity to the surrounding area. The north end of the Aviva stadium has a dramatic dip to the roof and seating to allow sunlight to the houses immediately behind and likewise at the south end to provide daylight to the buildings along Lansdowne Road. The environment and sustainability were a prominent part of the design process with rain water collected to irrigate the pitch and waste heat from the generators used to heat the water for the toilets. The glass and polycarbonate cladding flood the public areas of the stadium with natural light and even the escalators are fitted with sensors to ensure they only run when people are standing on them.

The opening fixture on 31 July will be as historic a match as the hollowed turf on which it is to be played. The IRFU has arranged for two composite provincial teams – a combined Connaught/Munster selection will play a combined Leinster/Ulster selection. The first soccer match will be on 4 August when a League

of Ireland team plays Manchester United and this will be quickly followed by a soccer match between Ireland and Argentina. The first Rugby international will be on the 6 November between Ireland and South Africa.

Key stadium facts:

• Capacity – 50,000
• Oldest International Stadium in the world
• The steel roof structure at Lansdowne Road weighs 150 kilograms per square metre
• Rainwater is harvested from the roof, stored in tanks in the basement and used to irrigate the pitch

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "Aviva Stadium opened Friday in Dublin" 16 May 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 19 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=60213>

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    plans? drawings? internal photos?

    thank god for google images. the small stand looks really quaint; it’d be a strange feeling sitting at the back of the small stand with 50,000 people infront of you and no one behind you.

    Also: “Oldest International Stadium in the world” ? Does this stadium boast to be both the oldest and newest international stadium in the world?

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    The stadium that they demolished to build this one was the oldest international stadium in the world, so it’s on the same site anyway. I can’t fault the facilities, it’s state of the art compared to what was a crumbling concrete bunker, and with the close proximity to the pitch and curving roof designed to focus noise into the space I’m sure it’ll be fearsome in action. It’s a pity though about the architectural compromises that have been made in the name of planning restrictions, namely the slightly ridiculous looking northern end where the stadium shrinks down to the scale of the surrounding terraced brick residential streets. The roof structure isn’t exactly elegant either, with colossal white steel trusses dominating the view of everybody sitting in the upper tiers. I’m sure its quirks will come to be regarded as character-giving features in years to come though.

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      You fans complaining about design features need to shut you trap. No offense to Mr.Trap. but AVIVA is an absolute jewel that will make the Emerald Isle shine even brighter. We have insane stadiums here like the Cowboys (NFL) and various (MLB)stadiums but our best soccer stadium here is the New York Red Bulls of the MLS with 30k cap.You lads don’t know how good you have it. If i can add a final parting shot,screw the frenchies and today my Yanks tied them bloody british wankers! My heart is with the boys in green but now i have to pull for my home Red White and Blue.

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    It looks like a glass take on the birds’ nest in Beijing. One would get bored of looking at this after a short while.

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