"It is another marvellous fillip to Irish rugby that Lansdowne Road has again been nominated to host the Heineken Cup final." said IRFU Chief Executive, Philip Browne. "It is a wonderful endorsement of Dublin as a capable and popular rugby destination. This latest recognition for Irish rugby further underlines the IRFU's determination to have at its disposal an even larger capacity stadium with full modern facilities and infrastructure."" We believe a stadium with a capacity of circa 60,000 is compatible with public interest and demands."
The IRFU underlines the compelling argument that there is a healthy dividendto be gained from having the facilities to stage major rugby and other international sports events in Dublin. This is also illustrated in an economic impact assessment conducted by the Dublin Chamber of Commerce relating to the Heineken Cup final being played at Lansdowne Road in 2003.Based on an approximate 30,000 visitors coming to Dublin specificallyfor the weekend of the final, the Dublin Chamber of Commerce reports that €40 to €50 million will be generated to the Exchequer.
That critical contribution during a troubled period for tourism in Ireland would be greater if measured against the facility of a rugby stadium with a 60,000 capacity.
The IRFU stresses that revenue derived from international fixtures is the financial engine behind game development and increased participation of rugby and that the provision of the best facilities will provide thefinancial streams that fund the grass roots development of the game throughout Ireland.