November 6: Ireland RFU Open Aviva Stadium

Posted: November 6, 2013 at 7:12 pm

After years of playing home matches at Lansdowne Road Stadium, the Irish rugby union national team played their first match at their new home, Aviva Stadium, on this day in rugby history in 2010.

The home side lost the match to the South Africa Springboks 23-21 but was the start of a new era.

The much loved Lansdowne Road Stadium, which was the oldest international stadium in the world until it was replaced in 2010, was demolished to make room for the new Aviva Stadium and while it was under construction Ireland played their home matches at Croke Park.

The importance of the match at the new facility was not lost on the teams as South Africa agreed to wear their away jerseys to allow the host to wear their home green jerseys.  The home team usually changes their colors in the event of a clash.