DUBLIN May 14 Dublin officially opened its new
50,000-capacity Aviva Stadium on Friday, home to Ireland's
international rugby and soccer teams.
The government provided 191 million euros ($242.6 million)
for the project which had an overall cost of around 410 million
euros. More than 6,000 people were employed over the three-year
John Callaghan, president of the Irish Rugby Football Union,
said: "The unveiling of this magnificent new facility marks the
dawning of an exciting new era on the Irish sporting landscape."
Seen from across the city, the stadium is on four levels on
three sides and sweeps down to one level at the northern end.
The first fixtures will see a Connacht/Munster rugby
selection take on a combined Leinster/Ulster side on July 31. An
Irish soccer league team will also play Manchester United on
The venue replaces the old Lansdowne Road stadium.
(Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian, editing by Tony
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