Aviva could host another Euro final
The new Aviva Stadium could host two major European sporting events in the space of a month in 2011 after the IRFU yesterday announced their intention to bid for the final of that year’s Heineken Cup.
IRFU chief executive Philip Browne confirmed that a submission is being prepared and is confident they will be successful, considering that Dublin has not staged the showpiece since 2003, an all-French affair when Toulouse beat Perpignan.
With the FAI having triumphed in the race for the 2011 UEFA Cup decider then a hectic May would be in store for the rebranded venue if the IRFU land their target.
"Why not?" said Browne, when asked about the prospect of two big events taking place in Dublin in such a short space of time.
"I think our time is due, and 2011 seems like a good time to have it."
Browne was speaking at the announcement of the 10-year naming rights deal with insurance giants Aviva, which will see the FAI, IRFU and the Lansdowne Road Stadium Development Company net a figure which is understood to be in the region of £8m.
The monies will make a significant contribution towards the cost of funding the project, which stands at £8m net of VAT with the government stumping up £8m and the rest divided between the two associations.
The IRFU has already sold all of its its 10-year tickets to look after their side of the bargain, while the FAI are still engaged in the process of finding buyers for their packages in order to finance their commitment.