RDS Arena is a multi-purpose sports stadium, owned by the RDS and located in the Dublin suburb of Ballsbridge, Ireland.To visit RDS Arena and get the most from your holiday in Dublin, create itinerary details personal to you using our Dublin day trip planning tool .
The arena was developed to host equestrian events, primarily the annual Dublin Horse Show, which was first held there in 1881. The site had been acquired in 1879 by the RDS. The primary tenants of the RDS Arena are Leinster Rugby who compete in the Pro12 and Champions Cup. The arena has also hosted soccer and wrestling events and concerts. It has a capacity of 18,500, 16,500 of which is seated.
The demountable north and south stands are removed for equestrian events, with only the Grandstand and Angelsea Stand permanent. The Angelsea Stand was completed in 1927. The Grandstand was rebuilt in 2006 for the 2006–07 rugby season, to replace the old wooden stand when Leinster first became permanent tenants. A roof was added during 2008-09. There are plans to redevelop the Arena, replacing the Angelsea Stand with another new permanent stand, which would incorporate the only terraced area of the stadium.
In July 2014, it was announced by the RDS and Leinster rugby that a design competition was being held to develop the arena into a 25,000 capacity world class stadium, with work expected to commence on the redevelopment in April 2016. The selling of naming rights to the arena will be a key component in funding the project, with a budget of at least €20,000,000 being proposed. A consortium of architect firms, Dublin-based Newenham Mulligan Architects and London-based Grimshaw Architects, won the international design competition for the multimillion-euro redevelopment of the RDS Arena.
RDS Arena Reviews
Great 5 days of horses of all kinds. Great shopping. All in the one place. Great atmosphere in the international arena especially on puissance night. more »
We’ve just been to see Foo Fighters here and it has to be the worst venue I’ve been to for a gig. The security were holding us back before we went in, once we were let through the first gate we were h... more »
Great atmosphere, easy access in and out, lots of food trucks and bars. No cash machine inside the grounds so be prepared. You normally can't leave once you're in for an event.
Pitch where standing section is divided in 2 sections for some concerts so be aware when booking tickets with friends if you don't want to split up. Great facilities otherwise.
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