Ireland is awash with sporting history with memorable nights under the floodlights involving both their Rugby Union and Soccer teams. Whether it is 15 giants getting the better of the All Blacks with the oval ball or Jack Charlton’s men securing World Cup qualification, they are events that will live long in the memory of their nation’s sports fans.
Lansdowne Road used to be the sporting cathedral as far as Irish sport was concerned but now things have changed, time seems to catch up with all legendary stadiums and this one was no different.
Much has changed with the former Lansdowne Road site now taking on a new guise, a venue that is highly recommended in terms of making a sporting visit. However, that’s not the only one as we take a look at the best stadiums that Ireland has to offer.
1. Aviva Stadium
The new home of Irish Rugby and Soccer opened back in 2010 and since then it has played home to countless internationals across both sporting codes. While it has been a particular happy home for the Rugby Union outfit as they have won 75% of all their Six Nations matches at this ground.
A return that would have you reaching for a Bethard new customer offer, especially when you consider that this year’s edition of the Six Nations is only a matter of weeks away. With home fixtures against both England and France they will be favourites to come out on top.
With its capacity of 51,700 it might not be the biggest of stadiums when compared to the likes of the Camp Nou or the Maracana, but it’s certainly a venue that Ireland can be proud of as their fans are always in good voice when a sporting encounter takes place here.
2. Croke Park
And although the Aviva Stadium has been an impressive addition to the Irish sporting community, one can certainly not forget a structure that dwarfs it by comparison. That of course being Dublin’s Croke Park.
Croke Park is the home of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and this means that the stadium is primarily used for events such as Gaelic Football and Hurling finals, while the code of Soccer was previously not welcomed on this ground due to GAA restrictions.
They were lifted during the time in which Landsdowne Road was demolished and the Aviva Stadium was complete, but now the primary focus has gone back to hosting the best of what their Football and Hurling clubs have to offer as over 82,000 fans witness some of the biggest events in Irish sport.
3. Thomond Park
If you’re a fan of club rugby then one venue that you must check out is that of Thormond Park in Limerick, with it being home to Pro-14 outift Munster who themselves have won two European Rugby Cups.
It certainly is an enjoyable atmosphere when going to watch the best that Irish domestic Rugby has to offer and Munster fans can often enjoy this promotional code when making their pre-match bets before the opening whistle.
Thomond Park underwent a large redevelopment project which was finished back in 2008 and now it is able to home over 25,000 rabid Munster fans and although those fans may be great at cheering on their team, they also know when to show great amounts of respect.
That’s because during each Rugby Union game that is played here, the fans sit in absolute silence every time someone has a kick attempt at goal. A sight that you almost need to believe with your own eyes, due to its rarity within the sport and something that makes it such a recommend venue to visit.