The staging of major events often requires things being done outside the normal way and that is what will be tested at the Aviva Stadium for the crunch Euro 2020 Qualifier against Denmark on November 18th.
Lansdowne Road DART Station will be closed between 5.30 pm and 11.30 pm on the evening to facilitate a wider ‘exclusion zone’ for those fans who have tickets for the game.
It is being done as a test event for the three group stage games and one Round of 16 match that are being hosted next June as part of the tournament.
DART services will continue as scheduled, but passengers will be required to disembark at either Grand Canal Dock DART Station or Sandymount DART Station during the closure.
Following reviews at UEFA Tournament and Finals, UEFA has made a recommendation to increase the size of the Outer Perimeter in order to ensure there is no congestion in all areas around the Aviva Stadium. It is expected that the countries participating in the EURO 2020 games in Dublin will bring a lot of supporters to the city, some of whom will not have tickets.
The change in the access systems allows the Match Operations team to prevent ticketless supporters accessing the inner cordon of the stadium thus creating a safe environment and queuing system at the turnstiles and staying within the safe holding capacity of the approach roads to the turnstiles.
The decision to hold a trial closure of Lansdowne Road DART Station on the evening of the Denmark game was taken jointly by the Dublin UEFA EURO 2020 Local Organising Structure (LOS) made up of Dublin City Council, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, the Football Association of Ireland and the Aviva Stadium, in conjunction with An Garda Síochána, the National Transport Authority (NTA), and Iarnród Éireann.
The purpose of the exercise is to examine logistics, mobility, safety, security and stadium access prior to next June’s matches. The Republic of Ireland vs Denmark UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifying match was chosen for this exercise as the spectator numbers are anticipated to be similar to a UEFA EURO 2020 Finals Tournament match.
A comprehensive communications plan will be implemented in the lead-up to November 18th to inform regular users of Lansdowne Road DART Station, Irish and Danish supporters and local residents about the temporary station closure. On match-night, there will be additional directional signage and dedicated volunteers in place on the walking routes from both Grand Canal Dock and Sandymount Stations. Additional stewards will also be located at strategic locations to guide supporters to the stadium. Supporters are encouraged to allow extra time than normal for their journey to the stadium.
Detailed FAQs on the exercise and maps of the Access Routes can be found online at www.euro2020.fai.ie.
UEFA EURO 2020 will be the biggest sporting event to ever be held in Ireland, with an expected global audience of 5 billion and an estimated economic impact of €106m for Dublin and Ireland.
“EURO 2020 is the third biggest sporting event in the world and we are expecting that the countries we welcome here for our games will bring a lot of supporters, some of whom won’t have tickets,” said FAI Communications Director Cathal Dervan.
“The matches at EURO 2020 will have different profiles, requirements, mobility patterns, and ticketing systems to a normal game at Aviva Stadium.”
“Ireland has never hosted an international event of this magnitude before and we are testing additional stadium access, mobility, safety and security measures. Following this trial, a joint review will be undertaken in advance of EURO 2020.”
“We would encourage match-goers and regular users of Lansdowne Road DART Station to familiarise themselves with the temporary changes and plan their routes accordingly to and from Grand Canal DART Station and Sandymount DART Station,” added Tim Burke, Superintendent, Donnybrook Garda Station: “
“Our advice for match-goers would be to allow extra time to get to and from the Aviva Stadium, plan your routes and meeting points and follow the advice of stewards, security, Gardaí and volunteers.”
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