Leinster Games At RDS Generate €24.7m For Dublin

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9 July 2018

The direct spend by rugby supporters attending Leinster games staged at the RDS is €24.7m (£21.9m) per season, with the cumulative impact for the Dublin economy ranging from €42m to €66m per season.

That is according to consultants for the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) which is seeking to develop a new three-tier 6,481 capacity Anglesea Stand at the RDS says The Irish Examiner.

The RDS state that the increased capacity is essential for securing some of the high profile events which the RDS is expected to host to remain attractive in an increasingly competitive field.

Consultants for the RDS state that the multi-purpose RDS arena “is a significant contributor to the economy of Dublin with an overall estimated combined economic impact of €136.5m to €166m for rugby games, concert events and the annual horse show".

The existing Anglesea stand was built in the early 1930s and can accommodate 5,743 in rugby mode and its proposed replacement will accommodate 6,481 patrons, representing an increase of 738.

The new plan involves a new three-level grandstand with a connected two level hospitality and services building called the 'Pocket Building'.

Planning has been previously been granted for the redevelopment of the stand but the new stand won’t be completed before this permission expires, necessitating the need for the new planning application.

As part of the application, the direct spend by spectators at Leinster games at the RDS is €1.9m per match with the cumulative direct expenditure at €24.7m.

A decision is due

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