Planet Rugby

Leinster unveil plans for RDS upgrade

11th July 2014 13:19

Share:

A general view shows the inside of the RDS Arena in Dublin

RDS: Set for a redevelopment

Leinster have announced plans to redevelop the stadium at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) in Dublin, raising the capacity from 18,500 to 25,000.

The three-time European and reigning Pro12 champions will launch of an international architectural design competition for a multi-purpose arena with work due to start in 2016.

Leinster will continue to play their home games in the RDS Arena during the redevelopment and the RDS Dublin Horse Show will also continue as normal.

The Architectural Design competition will be administered by the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI) on a two stage basis and will be adjudicated by a five person jury.

"The RDS has been home to Leinster Rugby since 2007 and we are delighted to move on to the next stage of our relationship with them, which is to collaborate on a new stadium development from which both parties will benefit," said Michael Duffy, Chief Executive of the RDS

"The RDS is already on a world stage as an equestrian and now rugby venue and our ambition is for a world leading stadium with facilities on a par with the best anywhere. It is for this reason that we have decided to launch this open competition and to seek design ideas from the best in the world."

Leinster Chief Executive, Mick Dawson welcomed the announcement and the opportunities it presents.

"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," he said.

"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".

Robin Mandal, the RIAI President added: "This is a unique process for the design of stadia in Ireland. Never before has an international competition of this nature been held and we are certainly very excited by what we will see both domestically and from abroad."

  • Guinness PRO12 Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Guinness PRO12
Saturday , November 29
Zebre vs EdinburghZebre vs Edinburgh Preview
Leinster vs OspreysLeinster vs Ospreys Preview
Connacht vs ScarletsConnacht vs Scarlets Preview
Sunday , November 30
Glasgow Warriors vs DragonsGlasgow Warriors vs Dragons Preview
Friday , December 19
Edinburgh vs Benetton Treviso19:35
Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets19:35
Leinster vs Connacht19:35
Saturday , December 20
Glasgow vs Munster14:40
Ospreys vs Ulster17:15
Sunday , December 21
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Zebre16:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
  • Guinness PRO12 Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Guinness PRO12
Friday , November 28
Munster 21 - 20 UlsterMunster vs Ulster Report
Cardiff Blues 36 - 25 TrevisoCardiff Blues vs Treviso Report
Sunday , November 23
Treviso 24 - 24 LeinsterTreviso vs Leinster Report
Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Report
Friday , November 21
Dragons 12 - 38 MunsterDragons vs Munster Report
Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow WarriorsScarlets vs Glasgow Warriors Report
Ulster 25 - 16 OspreysUlster vs Ospreys Report
Connacht 43 - 3 ZebreConnacht vs Zebre Report
Saturday , November 1
Cardiff Blues 24 - 28 Munster
Scarlets 28 - 13 Zebre
More Guinness PRO12 results
  • Guinness PRO12 Table
Guinness PRO12 Table
PosTeamPPts
1Munster932
2Ulster931
3Ospreys830
4Glasgow Warriors827
5Leinster824