Quote Originally Posted by wonder88 View Post
The FAI didn't own the land Eircom Park was to be on, had an option. It is where City West Hotel is. The IRFU owned land at Newlands Cross, but at the time they were fully behind the Bertie Bowl. Sold it over a year ago for 25million profit.

Good article here on the saga https://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2020...e-bertie-bowl/

The contract for the consultant, where the bigger the cost the more she got paid, had a big negative influence on public opinion towards the project. Also awarding the contract to run the swimming pool to a shelf company didn't help either.

Bertie current proposal for 25,000 capacity stadium for Dublin has some merit, could be handy for League of Ireland teams in Europe etc.
Thanks for that. I'll have a look at the link. Come to think of it, I don't recall at any point discussions about the consultant (probably not the interesting debate for a 16 yr old), but do recall objections raised in the media about floodlights and Baldonnel Aerodrome. That's the main think I recall.

Bertie Ahern deserves absolutely **** all say in what politicians of this day should be doing. He's playing the GAA card with his call for a 25k "national" stadium. Interesting that he didn't rmake that call publically before the GAA shelved the plans for their own 25k in the Spawell.

Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
You'd need a pretty big "etc" to justify that stadium. Probably Legia, Juve and Spurs are the only two games in the past decade that could have been moved to a 25k ground - and even then there's a strong argument to keep games in Tallaght/Oriel where possible for home advantage.
I agree with this now, probably wouldn't have done so 5 years ago. When Tallaght is done (2022 probably), it's a 10k all-seater stadium, on the main artery out of Dublin with access via efficient public transport to the main country station hubs.
When Dalymount is done (likely 2024 at this stage), it's a 6k all-seater stadium on the north artery out of Dublin with access via efficient public transport to the main country station hubs. Those two alone will be sufficient for Rovers, Bohs, Dundalk, Drogheda, Pats.

Quote Originally Posted by wonder88 View Post
FAI Cup finals and pre-season friendlies v example Chelsea last summer. Dublin gaa footballers league games. Other inter-county gaa, plus athletics.
You can't play Inter-county GAA. and have official standard athletics in the same stadium pitch size doesn't allow it.
The FAI cup final deserves to be in the national football stadium. It is a highlight of the domestic game. Bottom-tier Lansdowne, full, with both ends assigned to the finalists is the right thing to do. The interest is there.