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    mary_queen_of_the_gael mary_queen_of_the_gael is offline

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    Quote Originally Posted by corelli View Post
    Landsdowne Road.

    And it's built to host rugby, and to a FAR LESSER extent, in every sense, soccer matches. If you don't want to get wet, go to the Point, or whatever they are calling it nowadays.

    And in answer to the previous poster, the IRFU have greater claim to it as they paid and pay for more of it and gave the land in the first instance. The FAI could not even sell their boxes.

    In relation to the other point about the views, have the poster ever sat on the higher seats in Croke Park, preferably in one of the "corners". You would need binoculars, if you can see anything at all.
    When Jack Charlton was in charge of the soccer lot, he complained Landsdowne has stud marks on the pitch. Tony Ward pointed out it was a rugby pitch.

    The soccer lot are basically unorganised knackers. When Croke Pk kindly left both foreign codes in, the IRFU were cool but the knackers made all kinds of unreasonable demands.

    Shamrock Rovers should never have been given sole rights to their Tallaght pitch.

    League of Ireland or whatever they call it is dead. Kill it off. Bohs (The Gypsies) v the Tallaght Knackers need as many gardai to police it as an all Ireland.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mary_queen_of_the_gael View Post
    When Jack Charlton was in charge of the soccer lot, he complained Landsdowne has stud marks on the pitch. Tony Ward pointed out it was a rugby pitch.

    The soccer lot are basically unorganised knackers. When Croke Pk kindly left both foreign codes in, the IRFU were cool but the knackers made all kinds of unreasonable demands.

    Shamrock Rovers should never have been given sole rights to their Tallaght pitch.

    League of Ireland or whatever they call it is dead. Kill it off. Bohs (The Gypsies) v the Tallaght Knackers need as many gardai to police it as an all Ireland.
    Croke Park rented the stadium to the other sports organisations because they badly needed the money for the upkeep of what is a very expensive stadium. There was no altruism involved!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mary_queen_of_the_gael View Post
    When Jack Charlton was in charge of the soccer lot, he complained Landsdowne has stud marks on the pitch. Tony Ward pointed out it was a rugby pitch.

    The soccer lot are basically unorganised knackers. When Croke Pk kindly left both foreign codes in, the IRFU were cool but the knackers made all kinds of unreasonable demands.

    Shamrock Rovers should never have been given sole rights to their Tallaght pitch.

    League of Ireland or whatever they call it is dead. Kill it off. Bohs (The Gypsies) v the Tallaght Knackers need as many gardai to police it as an all Ireland.
    At least the football lads are in the Olympics, the gaa fools only get to play in Ireland because gaa is not a real sport. Just like Fianna Fail and Jackie Healy Rae, gaa is an Ireland only thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShoutingIsLeadership View Post
    As for the seats near the top...they should come with a health warning. Too high, too steep and too far from the pitch.
    Not only that, but if you're way up the back watching a sporting event the girders obstruct any view beyond the far touch line...

    Therefore whenever a Garryowen or similar is kicked, you just have to guess where the ball is going to come down...

    As for the Havelock end... it looks as sh!t in reality as it does on TV and has the effect of making the sound in the stadium sound like an indoor swimming pool with lots of echo...

    All in all... Lansdowne Road is alright but for a new stadium it has some serious shortcomings and certainly ain't the world class stadium many like to claim...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mary_queen_of_the_gael View Post
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    The soccer lot are basically unorganised knackers. When Croke Pk kindly left both foreign codes in, the IRFU were cool but the knackers made all kinds of unreasonable demands.
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    I hate soccer, anything to do with it tbh...but even I wouldnt generalise by calling them all knackers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spanner Island View Post
    Not only that, but if you're way up the back watching a sporting event the girders obstruct any view beyond the far touch line...

    Therefore whenever a Garryowen or similar is kicked, you just have to guess where the ball is going to come down...

    As for the Havelock end... it looks as sh!t in reality as it does on TV and has the effect of making the sound in the stadium sound like an indoor swimming pool with lots of echo...

    All in all... Lansdowne Road is alright but for a new stadium it has some serious shortcomings and certainly ain't the world class venue many like to claim...

    thats my issue as well with the higher up seats. By any measure its a poorly designed stadium.

    If it is designed as a rugby venue, its a complete fail if you can't follow the ball.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aristodemus View Post
    Iam not sure where this topic belongs.
    I was in the Aviva Stadium last night. It is not a review of the Madonna concert but a rant about the useless, third-rate stadium that held the concert.
    I used to go to Landsdowne Road for the odd rugby match, numerous football matches and the occasional concert. You knew what you were getting for what you paid. A ramshackle stadium with the proviso that the more you paid for a ticket the better the seat. Not so with the current edifice.
    I cannot believe that you could design a stadium and allow so many people who are seated to get so absolutely drenched. I paid top price for a seat that was 5 rows back from the pitch. As the rain increased so did the discomfort forcing us further back into unoccupied seats. I did this on three occasions eventually ending up 18 rows back to avoid the rain. That meant that the occupants of the entire first 18 rows around the stadium were getting soaked. Needless to say the legitimate holders of tickets for those seats eventually claimed them meaning that out respite was brief.
    I do not know who designed this monstrosity but he must have missed college the day they taught remedial architecture. Probably designed by committee, the same one that gave us T2 at Dublin Airport, 2 unconnected Luas lines,and the original Red Cow roundabout. At least the stage obscured the real highlight of the stadium, the little runt end with about 10 rows of seats behind the goals at the Havelock Square end. As I was leaving there were large posters advertising "stadium tours". What have they got to be proud about as the kip is only open about 5 years? What a dump.
    To be fair, if you forked out good money to see Madonna then a cold shower is exactly what you needed. Put it down to divine providence.
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    Only people who spent 8 hours on the first tee box on the last sunday of the K Club Ryder Cup should complain about getting wet. Never saw Rain Like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dingbat View Post
    You might be interested in know that the long term plan has always been for Lansdowne station to be closed entirely after matches with fans diverted to Sandymount for southbound journeys and GCD for northbound. This of course requires some serious upgrade work but would resolve the current post-match ridiculousness.
    I didn't know that, thanks. What's the logic, do you know?
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    Quote Originally Posted by corelli View Post
    Landsdowne Road.

    And it's built to host rugby, and to a FAR LESSER extent, in every sense, soccer matches. If you don't want to get wet, go to the Point, or whatever they are calling it nowadays.



    In relation to the other point about the views, have the poster ever sat on the higher seats in Croke Park, preferably in one of the "corners". You would need binoculars, if you can see anything at all.
    Croker holds up to 80,000 people, so it's understandable that it is difficult to see the pitch in parts; Lansdowne is a mere 50,000 and should have no such problems. Even some of the seats near the pitch are sold as restricted view.

    Modern stadia need income from concerts, so to argue that people should go to The Point, is arguing against the reality that Lansdowne needs that money to pay its way.
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