Stadium Ireland

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Stadium Ireland (commonly referred as the 'Bertie Bowl'[1]) was the name of a proposed government built sports stadium in Abbotstown, Dublin, Ireland. It was called "the Bertie Bowl" because of its close association with the then Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern.[2]

The stadium would have served as the national stadium and would have hosted home games for the Republic of Ireland national football team and Ireland national rugby union team. The stadium was planned to hold 75,000 and was central to Ireland's joint bid with Scotland to host UEFA Euro 2008.[3]

The project was eventually abandoned because of spiralling costs and waning support.[3] Government backing was instead given to the redevelopment of Lansdowne Road into Aviva Stadium.

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  1. ^ "RTÉ News: Taoiseach says "Bertie Bowl" dream still alive". RTÉ. 2002-02-01. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  2. ^ McKittrick, David (2002-09-12). "Irish cabinet pulls plug on 'Bertie Bowl'". The Independent. London. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  3. ^ a b McDonald, Henry; Khan, Stephen (2002-09-15). "Bertie Bowl fiasco will hit bid for Euro 2008". The Observer. London. Retrieved 2010-02-16.