Donnybrook Stadium

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Donnybrook Stadium
Donnybrook
Location Donnybrook, Dublin 4
Renovated 2008
Owner Leinster Rugby
Capacity 6,000 (2,500 seats)
Tenants
Old Wesley
Bective Rangers
Ireland A
Ireland women's national rugby union team
Leinster Rugby

Donnybrook Stadium is a rugby union stadium in Donnybrook, Dublin 4, Ireland.

Usage[edit]

The ground is the former home stadium of Leinster Rugby (who now play in the nearby RDS Arena) and they still play friendly games in Donnybrook. The Ireland A, Ireland Women's Team[1] and Leinster schools and underage sides of all ages play home games in the stadium.

Old Wesley and Bective Rangers, two local club sides also play in Donnybrook.[2] The ground is famous for its storied involvement in the Leinster Schools Senior and Junior Cups and hosts several games in each competition each year.[3] The ground also hosts games for Leinster Rugby's youth teams.

The stadium hosted a Michael Bublé concert in July 2008.

The stadium played host to two American High School Football teams, Jesuit (Dallas, Texas) and Wilmette Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Illinois). Jesuit defeated Loyola 30-29 with a last minute game-winning field goal.[4]

The new grandstand, just after completion, in February 2008

Stadium Information[edit]

The stadium has a capacity of 6,000[2] with a single, 2,500 seater stand. A new grandstand (pictured) was completed in early 2008. Plans were also launched in the summer of 2007 to construct a stand to the east of the ground. However due to strong local objections about the proposed height of the new stand and the reluctance to lose the current tennis facilities located on the proposed new site of the stand, the idea was scrapped before it reached the planning stage.[citation needed].

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.leinsterrugby.ie
  2. ^ a b www.worldstadia.com
  3. ^ www.leinsterrugby.ie
  4. ^ "Loyola falls to Dallas Jesuit in Dublin". Chicago Tribune. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 

Coordinates: 53°19′15.00″N 6°14′00.00″W / 53.3208333°N 6.2333333°W / 53.3208333; -6.2333333