Donnybrook Stadium

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Donnybrook Stadium
Staid Dhomhnach Broc
Donnybrook
Donnybrook Stadium aerial view.jpg
Aerial view of Donnybrook Stadium
Location Donnybrook, Dublin 4
Public transit Sandymount railway station
Owner Leinster Rugby
Capacity 6,000 (2,500 seats)
Construction
Opened 1964
Renovated 2008
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 underage sides of all ages play home games in the stadium. The stadium is also the principal venue for competitions organised by the Leinster Branch and competitions at all levels from under 13 to junior and senior adult level are played at the ground

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 age grade teams.

The stadium hosted a Michael Bublé concert in July 2008.

On an unspecified date 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