Leinster announce big plans to redevelop the RDS
Already one of the best live sport venues in the capital, Dublin's RDS, the home of Leinster Rugby, is about to get even better.
Taking in a Leinster game at the RDS is one of the best ways to spend some time in the Dublin and it seems the facilities at the venue are about to get a massive upgrade.
Leinster Rugby have today announced a major redevelopment of the site, which will begin in 2016 after an extensive architectural design competition.
As regards the competition brief, the statement says: 'The competition will be for a design of a multi-purpose world class arena that will increase the stadium capacity from 18,500 to 25,000 and will greatly enhance facilities, to the benefit of Leinster Rugby home games as well the RDS Dublin Horse Show and all other events and concerts there.'
Leinster Chief Executive, Mick Dawson, is also quoted in the release.
“This really is fantastic news for all Leinster Rugby supporters, for the players, management and for staff. We have had some wonderful moments in the RDS over the years but it’s now time to look to the future.
“The move from Donnybrook to the RDS in 2007/2008 has proved to be extremely successful and it has allowed us to grow as a team. In that time we have won numerous domestic and European trophies while offering an excellent match day experience.
“However we want to move forward and a 25,000 capacity, purpose built arena will allow us to do that and provide us with greater commercial opportunities both within the stadium and with regard to naming rights”.
As we know, with French and English clubs reaping huge financial rewards from TV deals, Leinster need to find new ways to keep up. Increased room for corporate hospitality, concerts and even naming rights could bring a massive boost to their coffers so this is big, and welcome, news for all Leinster fans.