Lansdowne Road DART Station will close temporarily on the evening of Monday, 18th November for the UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Denmark.
The closure, between 5.30pm and 11pm, is part of a trial operational exercise ahead of the Aviva Stadium’s hosting of four games during UEFA EURO 2020 next summer.
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.
The matches at EURO 2020 will have different profiles, requirements, mobility patterns, and ticketing systems to a normal game at Aviva Stadium. 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 Republic of Ireland against 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 (FAI) 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 versus Denmark 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.
Next summer’s UEFA EURO 2020 will be the biggest sporting event ever held in Ireland, with an expected global audience of 5 billion and an estimated economic impact of €106m for Dublin and Ireland.