Lansdowne Road DART station will close for Ireland vs Denmark as Euro 2020 preparation
Important info for anyone headed to the game.
Whether or not Mick McCarthy's men manage to qualify for next year's European Championships, Ireland will have the privilege of hosting four matches — all at Dublin's Aviva Stadium.
The station, which is a stone's throw away from the stadium, will be closed between 5.30pm and 11pm on the evening of Ireland's pivotal qualification match against Denmark on 18 November.
The DART will still be running, but passengers will have to disembark at either Grand Canal Dock DART Station or Sandymount DART Station during the closure.
The closure is a trial exercise ahead of next summer's tournament, which will have "different profiles, requirements, mobility patterns, and ticketing systems to a normal game at Aviva Stadium." UEFA has advised that the outer perimeter of the grounds be expanded, in order to prevent ticketless individuals from getting close to the stadium.
Fans need not worry too much about disruptions during the match next month. On match-night there will be additional directional signage and dedicated volunteers in place on the walking routes from both Grand Canal Dock and Sandymount stations. Additional stewards will also be located at strategic locations to guide supporters to the stadium.
Cathal Dervan, Director of Communications at the FAI said: “EURO 2020 is the third biggest sporting event in the world and we are expecting that the countries we welcome here for our games will bring a lot of supporters, some of whom won’t have tickets. The matches at EURO 2020 will have different profiles, requirements, mobility patterns, and ticketing systems to a normal game at Aviva Stadium.
"Ireland has never hosted an international event of this magnitude before and we are testing additional stadium access, mobility, safety and security measures, one of which is the temporary closure of the Lansdowne Road DART/Train Station. Following this trial, a joint review will be undertaken in advance of EURO 2020.”